Donner Lake level up for Labor Day |

Donner Lake level up for Labor Day

Boaters and homeowners should have no concerns about the level of Donner Lake for Labor Day Weekend, officials with Sierra Pacific Power Co. said.

“The elevation now (above sea level) is 5934.97 feet,” Sierra Pacific spokesman Charlie Fletcher said. “For Labor Day Weekend, we plan to be at 5934.74 feet – about 1.06 feet down from full.”

He said the lake level was high compared to many previous years. Recent wet winters have kept the lake higher than normal.

“We try to keep levels up in summer for enjoyment of the homeowners and visitors,” Fletcher said. Sierra Pacific regulates the top 6.1 feet of the lake for the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, which supplies water to Nevada. Fletcher said the company will begin releasing more water and dropping the level after Labor Day Weekend.

“By Nov. 15, we are required by the California Department of Water Resources to bring the lake level to 5,926.9 feet,” Fletcher said. “Right after Labor Day, we have to start drawing it down rapidly.” He said the lake has to be drawn down to leave room for snowpack.

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