Spring rains have ended drought, but local lakes still low

Rain this spring has ended what had been a prolonged period of drought in Eastern South Dakota. A year ago, all of Lake County was considered to be in the moderate drought category according to the US Drought Monitor. The wet spring has lifted those conditions for all of the area, and has begun filling what had been severely below normal lake levels. Cody Symens with the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks says bodies of water in Lake County have been rising. 

With lower than normal levels still persisting on Madison and Brant, Symens says boaters need to be cautious when putting boats in the water. 

Madison saw .3 inches of rain on Sunday. More rain is in the forecast for this week, with a 70% chance of showers on Tuesday.