Rainbow Lodge shuts down temporarily
Rainbow Lodge is temporarily closed due to problems with its sewage treatment system.
“We don’t know when the lodge will reopen,” said Mike Livak, Royal Gorge project manager.
A problem with the lodge’s septic system was first detected two weeks ago when staff discovered a valve that alternates between two septic fields needed to be repaired, Livak said. Rainbow Lodge, while separate from Royal Gorge, has been associated with the ski resort for years.
After completing the valve repairs, Placer County Environmental Health closely monitored the septic system and provided Royal Gorge with a letter outlining what steps to take in the event of another problem with the system, according to Livak.
On Sunday, Feb. 11 one of the leaching fields ” which filters out clarified wastewater through sewage pipes into the soil ” reached capacity and as a result the bar and restaurant at Rainbow Lodge were shut down immediately, Livak said.
Lodge guests were able to stay overnight and the rest of the building closed the following day, he said.
Closing Rainbow Lodge last week put a damper on Valentine’s Day plans. All reservations were diverted to Ice Lakes Lodge, which disappointed some guests, but many were understanding of the situation, said Neil Erasmus, Royal Gorge general manager.
“We’ve been using (Rainbow Lodge) staff at Ice Lakes Lodge,” Erasmus said. “Some are going on vacation until we’re ready to re-open.”
No damage was caused to the lodge related to the septic system problems, Livak said.
Royal Gorge is working with an engineer in order to submit a plan to Placer County to fix the lodge’s septic system, he said. Livak said he did not know how much the repairs will cost.
Royal Gorge is concerned about the proximity of Rainbow Lodge to the Yuba River and is working closely with Placer County Environmental Health, mindful of the environmental impacts, Livak said.
A representative of Placer County Environmental Health would not be available to comment on Rainbow Lodge until Tuesday, county staff in North Lake Tahoe said.