Will there be good boating this year?

Published: Monday, Apr. 7, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 8:10 am

Q: Summer recreation is a big deal in my family – boating, specifically. How far will we need to go this summer to find a suitable body of water? – Thomas Sherer, Roseville, CA

A: Look no further than Folsom Lake.

Lake levels have risen dramatically during the last two months, thanks to several wet storms. As of April 3, the lake contained 454,000 acre-feet of water, roughly triple the amount it contained in late January.

While some reservoirs in the state remain depleted, Folsom Lake levels are now at more than 70 percent of normal for the date. The Sierra Nevada snowpack remains well below average, but as it melts, the lake will continue to rise, making for good boating. Just don’t put off the fun: Lake levels could be low again by Labor Day, based on historical trends.

Submit your question for The Sacramento Bee’s water team.


Call The Bee’s Phillip Reese, (916) 321-1137.

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