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Fox Valley Lake Lowered to Kill Off Weeds
Fishermen, boaters and picnickers familiar with Fox Valley Lake north of Kahoka might be a little surprised to see how the lake looks.

The 108-acre body of water is 8 feet lower than normal -- and will remain at that level until the beginning of March.

It is all part of an ambitious plan by the Missouri Department of Conservation to kill off weeds that are keeping the largemouth bass population from reaching its full potential.

The drawdown began Dec. 5 when a valve was opened in a spillway on the lake's dam. By Dec. 19, the lake had fallen 8 feet, exposing most of the submerged plants.


 
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