Dec 16, 2014 6:58 PM by News Staff
The recent series of North State rain storms have helped push Lake Oroville's water level up 40 feet above its lowest level during one of the driest years on record.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the lake level was 687 feet above sea level and rising.
The rising lake level has also opened up one of the concrete boat ramps at the Bidwell Canyon boat launch.
But the recent rains also sunk a houseboat moored at Bidwell Canyon Marina. A salvage crew from Chico spent all day recovering the sunken 54-foot houseboat. The boat's owner told Action News Now that it appears the boat's bilge pumps did not work or were simply overwhelmed by the torrential downpours from recent storms.
A state park officials said heavy rains are always an issue with houseboats, especially full or mono-hull boats, which depend on a good working bilge pump system during stormy weather.