Langley Pond soon will be off-limits for several weeks when the water level is lowered so maintenance can be performed.
A popular boating and swimming spot, Langley Pond will be unavailable for recreation beginning Monday, Dec. 4, said Brian Sanders, the director of Aiken County's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
The lowering is done annually for safety reasons, he said.
"The dam is an earthen dam, built over 100 years ago," Mr. Sanders said. "So we go in and inspect (it)."
The pond should be back to normal levels by Jan. 22, he said.
In addition to inspecting the dam, workers also clean up litter and remove dangerous stumps.
Langley Pond, which covers 280 acres, will be lowered by 5 feet at the pool area, Mr. Sanders said.
The gates at the dam's spillway will be lowered to allow water to flow into Horse Creek.
Workers will be conducting maintenance on the swim area, beach until Jan. 14.
Mr. Sanders said boats without motors can be used in the pond when the water is lowered, but boaters are urged to use caution and be aware of the work going on around them.
"It's a good time of year to do that (lower water levels for maintenance), because during December and January it's not used very much," he said.
The pond is used regularly March through mid-November, Mr. Sanders said.
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