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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. --More rain in the forecast has made it challenging for boaters to get out and enjoy our area's lakes.

Longview Lake is one of the few places where boat ramps are not flooded.

A lot of rain this spring has made for higher water levels at many lakes and streams. On the Kansas side, Perry Lake is at a 20 year high, but at Longview, boaters tell Fox 4 news the water is up only about two feet.

That's why fishermen such as Larry Klein are bringing their boats to Longview Lake. Klein says Longview is one of the few places where he can still get fish.

"You can get them in the water, but some of the boat ramps are even closed," Klein said. "Little Platte, they are closed. Camp Branch is closed. This is one of the few lakes that you can fish now, or get on."

Klein says higher water levels have even made the fishing more challenging.

"It does affect putting the boat in and out and it affects the fishing because it scatters them," Klein said. "This should be in a summer pattern for crappie right now. You should be able to catch them deep but I think they are all scattered."

Boaters also are more careful to be on the lookout for tree limbs and other debris that often can pose a hazard in high water. With more rain predicted this weekend, people who like being out on the lakes are saying enough is enough.

There are some exceptions to the higher water levels. Most notably Lake of the Ozarks has flood controls that keep the water from rising too much, too quickly.