Lake Oroville nears record low level

Oct 29, 2014 7:12 PM by News Staff

Lake Oroville is dropping six to seven inches a day and is just two percent away from it's lowest level on record.

If the lake falls just 12 more feet the water level will match the lowest ever, recorded in 1976-77. With 966,000 feet of water in the lake today it is 27 percent full, normally the lake should be at about 45 percent capacity this time of year.

Lake Shasta is currently at 24 percent capacity and should be at about 41 percent this time of year.

There is hope for local lakes though, the snowy and wet winter of 1978 put both Lake Oroville and Lake Shasta at almost full capacity despite the record lows of 1977.

(Photo Courtesy: California Department of Water Resources)


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