OROVILLE, Calif. - During the Department of Water Resources monthly progress report on repair work at the Lake Oroville spillway, officials admitted Wednesday recreational activity on Lake Oroville will be impacted over the Fourth of July weekend.
Due to additional excavation work needed to the upper chute area of the Oroville Dam Spillway.
Late last week, the DWR announced lake levels would be drawn down, in order for crews and equipment to have access to that part of the main spillway.
The lower lake levels mean, some boat launch areas are being closed -- not good timing --with the Fourth of July holiday at hand.
The DWR also maintains, dropping the lake level, can't be avoided in order to keep construction work on schedule to meet a November 1 deadline.
The lake level is currently at just over 800 feet -- and while it doesn't need to be lowered more for construction purposes, it could go lower due to downstream needs.
While there's a fear, the area could lose tourism dollars, with less access to the lake this summer.
The DWR says, the public's safety is a bigger priority, than potential revenue loss.