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Some boat ramps closed in Lake Tahoe this summer

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 6:03 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - With the holiday weekend coming up a lot of people are expected in Lake Tahoe for boating and other summer activities. But, there are a few boat ramps that will be closed this weekend that could impact plans.

Because of the lack of precipitation, a majority of boat ramps in Lake Tahoe will be closed this summer. Even with the winter weather we had just a few weeks ago, it only raised the lake about an inch.

The boat ramps that will be closed this season are Sand Harbor, El Dorado, Kings Beach, and Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.

Tahoe’s Region Manager, Allen Woodridge, said water levels would have to rise at least a foot for motorized vehicles to safely launch. Woodridge said Lake Tahoe’s current levels are the same as they were last July.

“Right now, the lake is sitting at 6224.5. That’s when we closed last year. The storms we had over the winter weren’t enough to replenish Lake Tahoe, and we’re sitting at the same level and it’s nowhere near enough to be able to launch vessels safely without any ecological damage,” Woodridge explained.

Cave Rock is one of the ramps that will be open this season. It is recommended boaters prepare for open ramps to be busy.

For more information about boat ramps that are open, click here.

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