The current drought isn't just affecting rivers it's now drying up local businesses in Middle Georgia, because water levels are extremely low throughout the area. It's keeping visitors and their dollars out of local economies.
Lee Slade with the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce says Hawkinsville uses the Ocmulgee River as a tourist attraction.
"One real strong arm of tourism is our river here, and we've capitalized on [it]," says Slade, but the low water levels are causing a deterrent.
" Everywhere you go you see it; any pond any body of water you see the receding line of the water everyday," says Hawkinsville resident Jamie Finch.
Finch spent Tuesday afternoon fishing in the middle of the Ocmulgee, and the water barely reached his waist.
" I was about 40 yards out, and it was about waist deep... maybe 3 to 3 1/2 foot deep," says Finch.
According to Fire Chief Leslie Sewell, The water levels are so low it is dangerous to go boating or enjoy several other water sports. He says you can't run a motor in the water because of these conditions people are staying away.
"As far as anybody coming down and putting a power boat in the water it's not going to happen. It's at record low levels so it's not good for tourism. I don't think people will come and get in the river at this stage," says Slade.
Brandy Gordon managers the Kids Stuff Store and says the lack of tourists in the area means less money for the community.
"Since the rivers are low, not a lot of people are taking advantage of the great opportunities at our new park and everything... so that's money we're not getting right now," says Gordon.