Jun 23, 2015 8:39 PM by Charlene Cheng
As temperatures rise, water levels drop, and Lake Shasta becomes more dangerous for recreators.
In response, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office has imposed new safety regulations for water crafts.
"We put out the restrictions for 5 miles per hour from Sugar Loaf Marina all the way to the Sac arm," Deputy Ray Hughes said.
There's also a number of No Ski zones.
Obstacles like rock outcroppings and sandbars can be difficult to spot.
"Often times there's just this brown film on the water and you're unsure if it's just dirt washing off, or if it's an actual island coming out," Deputy Hughs said.
The restrictions are indicated by buoys, but they can be confusing.
Deputies say it's best to be familiar with the lay of the land before getting out on the lake.
***Here's a complete list of the current restrictions:
*Salt Creek Inlet- Will be closed to all towing activities when water levels reach 70'-80' down from the high water mark/line. A "No Ski" buoy will be located at the entrance to the inlet.
*Gooseneck Cove/Little Sugarloaf Creek- Two "No Ski" buoys will be placed closing the entire North end of the Sacramento Arm to all towing activities. This will be in affect when water levels reach 90'-100' down from the high water mark/line.
*Sugarloaf Marina/Antlers Marina- A "5 MPH" buoy will be placed just south of the marinas and limit speed for the entire north end of the Sacramento Arm. "5 MPH" will be the maximum speed North of Sugarloaf Marina for all vessel traffic when the water reaches 90'-100' down from the high water mark/line.
* Dekkas Rock-A "No Ski" buoy will be placed closing the entire North end of the McCloud Arm to all towing activities above Dekkas Rock. This will be in affect when water levels reach 90'-100' down from the high water mark/line.
Squaw Creek Arm:
* Chain Gang Gulch- A "No Ski/5MPH" buoy will be placed closing all towing activity and requiring operation of 5 MPH North to the end of the Squaw Creek Arm. This will be in place when water reaches 90'-100' down from the high water/mark line.
Pit River Arm
* Jones Valley Inlet- A "No Ski/5MPH" buoy will be positioned at the entrance to the inlet, restricting the entire cove to reduced speed. This will be in affect when water reaches 90'-100' down from the high water mark/line.
Shasta County Ordinance 12.24.090 - A vessel must limit its speed to 5 mph within 100 feet of any shoreline or anchored vessel, or within 200 feet of a permanent launch ramp, boat dock or moorage area.
Harbors and Navigation Code 651 (bb) - Defines water skiing as the use of water skis, an aquaplane, or similar device. It includes all forms of water skiing, barefoot skiing, skiing on skim boards, knee boards, or other contrivances, parasailing, ski kiting, or any activity where a person is towed behind or alongside a boat.