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Low N. Texas lake levels impacting boaters, businesses

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Some North Texas lakes are the lowest they've ever been.

Extreme drought conditions have been wrecking plans for weekend boaters, but it’s even worse for people who make a living on the lakes.

Scott Self crafted the Seawolf catamaran with his own two hands.

“It's built out of cedar that I actually bought at the local Home Depot and Lowes,” said Self.

The boat has been his “baby” and business for the last eight years, along with Harbor Lights, his double-decker party boat -- Self offers sailing charters.  

Within the last six months, though, a parched North Texas has left Lake Ray Hubbard down to levels Self has never seen before.

In fact, the longtime resident and former Rockwall mayor says it hasn't been this low since the lake was filled in 1970. 

“It's been a huge expense just to be able to keep operating,” said Self.

To keep his business afloat, Self has spent $70,000 to move and extend his dock, securing permission from the Rockwall City Council and a permit from the City of Dallas, which owns the lake.

“I had to get actually very large barge, much larger than this, with a giant crane on it to be able to lift it, drag it out and then put it in this place,” said Self.

Across the region, reservoirs reveal rocky bottoms. Lake Lewisville is also down about eight feet.

Lake Arlington is down over two feet – a less dramatic decrease because it's supplemented by other lakes in the Tarrant Regional Water District.

The relocated and extended dock means the Sea Wolf and Harbor Lights boats remain fully operational.

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