Lake Tahoe reaches natural rim, what it means for recreation

RENO, Nev (KOLO) Daniel Sandeman sands a paddle board, prepping for the sunny weather, and water anticipated this summer.

“Everyone around here is getting really amped for the summer. Just because of the snowpack that we've had, a lot of run off and the lake has gone up a few feet and so everyone is getting real excited. They are getting all of their paddle boards, and their kayaks out. I'm hoping it’s going to be a good summer for us,” says Sandeman.

As a salesman and technician he says Willards has rented paddle board and kayaks for the lake only this past couple of years.

The drought took water levels down so significantly, rafting down the Truckee River was impossible.

Here at the Gatekeepers Museum, on lookers see something that until now has been a rare occurrences.

Lake Tahoe at its natural rim, slightly above as a matter of fact, to allow water to overflow into tributaries--like the Truckee River.

In the past this stretch of the river outside of Tahoe City, was a popular rafting area, where tourists and locals alike rode the slow current. Nearly nonexistent in the last few years, the activity could make a comeback.

The Federal Water master says the water level should stay above the rim throughout the summer, replenishing the parched Truckee.

Of course this all depends upon how much rain we get, or how hot the summer will be.

That's because evaporation has an impact on lake levels as well.