Dredging project upsets 3 lakes

COLUMBIA CITY — Department of Natural Resouces is warning boaters to beware of the inconvenience that might arise when maneuvering around Round, Little Cedar and Big Cedar lakes in Whitley County.During the next four or five months, the DNR will conduct a dredging project set to begin in the middle of July. Those that frequent the lake could begin to see equipment being set up next week. Anyone out on these lakes throughout the remainder of the year should be aware of navigational hazards, channel closings and equipment on the lakes, officials with the DNR said.As dredging occurs on the channels, boating traffic will be prohibited in the affected areas.Access to all lakes from the public site on Round Lake will be closed in November, the DNR said.The DNR emphasized that lake visitors should use extreme caution.Danger buoys will be set up to mark piping and other equipment. But there will be underwater dangers as well, as some sections of the piping will be submerged to allow boats to reach all areas of the lakes.The project is funded by Indiana’s Lake and River Enhancement Program.