A drawdown has begun at the Pleasant Creek Recreation Area north of Palo. The 401-acre lake is scheduled to be lowered 15 feet for the planned restoration project to start later this fall or early winter. The DNR says two of the three gate valves are open, but the third and largest valve is stuck – something that’s not uncommon for a valve that is nearly forty years old. A contractor has been hired to repair the valve and more aggressive efforts to lower Pleasant Creek Lake will take place after Labor Day. It will take about four to six weeks to lower the lake 15 feet, depending on how much rain falls during that time. Pleasant Creek Lake remains open for all recreation, but boaters should be aware that falling water levels may bring up new hazards.