Tahoe boat launch to close as lake’s level begins to diminish
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. and#8212; After peaking around mid-July, Lake Tahoeand#8217;s water level is beginning to decline, and at least one North Shore boat launch is taking notice.
The Tahoe Vista Recreation Area launch will close Monday, Aug. 9, for the rest of the year, the North Tahoe Public Utility District announced late Wednesday, as a safety precaution.
and#8220;We donand#8217;t want anybody to get hurt or ruin their boat,and#8221; said Kathy Long, park and facilities manager for the utility district, in a Thursday interview.
The utility district opened the Tahoe Vista launch in late June, albeit under a and#8220;launch at your own risk warning,and#8221; and the lakeand#8217;s low levels this year did not allow the Coon Street boat launch in Kings Beach to open.
In mid-July, the lake approached its highest level at around 6224.7 elevation feet. According to U.S. Geological Survey statistics taken Thursday morning in Tahoe City, the lakeand#8217;s water level is at 6224.35 elevation feet.
The lakeand#8217;s natural rim is 6,223 elevation feet; it fell below that level last October for the first time in five years as a result of a three-year dry spell.
According to the utility district, the boat launch basin at Tahoe Vista Recreation Area was dredged this spring to the maximum depth allowed by Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to allow for construction of courtesy docks.