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Thread: Southern California Lakes Affected by the Drought

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    Default Southern California Lakes Affected by the Drought

    I put this page together to help keep anglers updated on the current lake conditions here in Southern California. I'll try to keep it updated as more information comes along. I found most of this information from searching the web and making phone calls. If you have any information, photos, or comments to add, please post them here!


    Big Bear Lake – 11/19/2015 – Not affected. This lake receives a lot of rain and snow runoff due to it's high elevation.


    Cachuma Lake – 9/23/2015 - The boat launch is temporarily closed due to dropping lake levels. Park staff are working on a new location to allow safe boat launch as lake water levels drop to historic lows. Check back for updated boat launch information. Boat rentals are still available in the Lake Cachuma Marina.


    Castaic Lake – 12/16/2015 – Boat launch available. Water level is coming up!




    Diamond Valley Lake – 4/16/2015 -Attention: Private boats have been temporarily suspended. The boat launch ramp is closed effective April 16th due to lower water levels. However,rental boats, shoreline and trails remain open.


    El Capitan - 11/23/2015 - NOTICE: Dueto the effects of dropping water levels water-skiing, wakeboardingand all other towable devices will be limited to 25 vessels per day.Once the 25 vessel capacity is reached, there will be no permits soldfor water contact towing. Towable devices include traditional waterskis, training water skis, air chairs, wakeboards, wakeskates,kneeboards, ski seats, tubes and all other towable devises. Weekendswill often reach capacity by 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. Thursdays and Fridaysare generally slower. Please plan accordingly. Currently there are no restrictions for the launching of personal water craft (PWC) or vessels not engaged in water contact activities that involve towing.


    Lower Otay – 11/23/2015 - Currently,three (3) of the launch ramp lanes have been closed. There are still three (3) lanes available for use.


    Miramar – 11/23/2015 - Miramar's launch ramp is currently out of service.


    Perris Lake – 7/2015 - Because of the severe water shortage, water is not flowing into Lake Perris from the State Water Project. Water for most reservoirs is at record lows. .The good news is that we still have launch ramp #6 open to the public for boat launching. The campground, marina, and swim beaches will remain open at this time.


    Pyramid Lake – 11/23/2015 - Not affected. Receives water from Northern California via aquaduct.


    San Vicente – 11/23/2015 - San Vicente is currently closed to all public access and recreation for construction on the San Diego County Water Authority's San Vicente Dam Raise Project.
    It is closed for an extended period. It is anticipated that San Vicente will be reopening sometime before Spring of 2016; more information will be made available when a date becomes official.


    Silverwood Lake – 11/23/2015 – Not affected. Receives water from Northern California via aquaduct.


    Skinner Lake – 9/8/2015 - Due to the continued drought in California, Lake Skinner’s water level is very low. Please reduce your speed on the lake and use extreme caution when navigating as there is a significant increase of shallow areas in the lake, and mudflats and aquatic weed patches along the shoreline. Launch ramp 1 can only accommodate one boat at a time oneach of the docks. Launch ramp 2 is unusable to launch kayaks andcanoes, please use launch ramp 1. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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    Right now at silverwood lake they are taking out water because they are working on the aquaduct in the bakerfield area. The lake is down about 20 to 30 feet,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowler View Post
    Right now at silverwood lake they are taking out water because they are working on the aquaduct in the bakerfield area. The lake is down about 20 to 30 feet,
    Lake is recovering already and by next week should be pretty well recovered. His post mentions drought, some reservoirs will not be affected as much due to power generation and other factors (highest reservoir in the chain). Silverwood goes up and down regularly in the winter more so than the summer.
    Last edited by seal; 03-03-2016 at 08:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seal View Post
    Lake is recovering already and by next week should be pretty well recovered. His post mentions drought, some reservoirs will not be affected as much due to power generation and other factors (highest reservoir in the chain). Silverwood goes up and down regularly in the winter more so than the summer.
    I know put they are not letting water into silverwood right now. I was just there 2 weeks ago and they said they are working on the duct in Bakersfield area. They even post on there Facebook page about why the lake is done. At least it's not as bad as it was 20 years ago when they lowered the lake 90 feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seal View Post
    Lake is recovering already and by next week should be pretty well recovered. His post mentions drought, some reservoirs will not be affected as much due to power generation and other factors (highest reservoir in the chain). Silverwood goes up and down regularly in the winter more so than the summer.
    Plus I'm letting ppl know if they go to silverwood lake why it's down so they don't think it has to do with the drought. End of the last year they lowered the water for repairs too.

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    You can get quite a bit of data from this website http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reservoirs/. The aqueduct work is done but more may follow. From what I heard they had to reseal an area of the aqueduct and more work may need to be done. Pumps and other items need maintenance when that maintenance is being done the flow is cut and it will eventually affect the reservoirs temporarily. Also right now water is being dumped (believe it or not) from reservoirs to alleviate flooding concerns from the predicted rain coming.

    It's all a very fluent situation. I think within a month or 2 DVL will be looking much better, no info. just a guess and being hopeful for all those that fish it (relieves pressure on other lakes, lol).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowler View Post
    Plus I'm letting ppl know if they go to silverwood lake why it's down so they don't think it has to do with the drought. End of the last year they lowered the water for repairs too.
    Every year Silverwood gets affected by maintenance some years more than others, those in the know are out there looking for lost slide swimmers when those draw downs occur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seal View Post
    Every year Silverwood gets affected by maintenance some years more than others, those in the know are out there looking for lost slide swimmers when those draw downs occur.
    I giving a heads up to ppl so they know to look out while boating at silverwood lake for shallow areas that would be under water most of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seal View Post
    Every year Silverwood gets affected by maintenance some years more than others, those in the know are out there looking for lost slide swimmers when those draw downs occur.
    The ppl at silverwood told us two weeks ago they were dropping the lake 1.5 feet a day for the whole month of February.

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    http://articles.latimes.com/1997-01-...ilverwood-lake
    Here is the article about silverwood lake when they drained it by 90 feet.

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