Low water and rain make for bizarre summer on Lake Freeman

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Lake Freeman residents said it has been a bizarre summer.

“You can see for yourself,” said Ann Crosser. “There’s very few boats on the lake at all.”

Crosser has lived on the lake for 23 years and said the rainy weather wasn’t the only thing keeping people away this weekend.

“People got panicked and they took their boats out of the lake,” Crosser said.

Crosser said July’s low water levels drove tourists away and has kept them from coming back. Madam Carroll owner Tom Heckard agrees, saying Labor Day weekend has usually been a busy time in the past.

“People aren’t coming to the lake,” said Heckard. “It’s just kind of an eerie, surreal feeling. It seems like they’ve just given up on summer this year.”

Despite the lack of tourism which has also made an economic impact on the area, Heckard says the Madam Carroll will be operating until the end of October. He hopes nice weather this fall can make up for the lack of summer visitors.

“It’s just nice to be able to go out on the lake in the fall and see the colors of the leaves,” Heckard said.

Crosser is equally hopefully for a lake-friendly conditions in the upcoming season.

“Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to enjoy the fall lake,” said Crosser.

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