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Low lake levels have some people concerned

California is in the middle of a drought emergency and the low lake levels could hurt tourism.

Posted: Jun 14, 2021 7:20 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2021 11:35 AM

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - California is in the middle of a drought emergency and it's hitting our local lakes hard.

At last check, Shasta Lake is at 41% capacity. At this time last year, the lake’s capacity was at 74%. Lake levels are so low that people can see the old head towers popping out of the lake.

Some people said they're worried the low lake levels could hurt tourism.

“I worry about the economy in the area,” said Lynne Jones of Redding. “Shasta Lake brings out tons of people for recreation. I think that people will take a second look when they see the low level in the lake and it doesn't look like much fun and will go someplace else.”

Data from the Bureau of Reclamation shows Shasta Lake got just 24 inches of rain since Oct. 1.

The Bureau said 90% of Shasta Lake's water comes from rainfall.

Low lake levels could impact boaters who head out to Shasta Lake but David Lee told Action News Now he doesn’t mind the low levels.

Lee likes to fish and usually comes out to the lake early. Lee said he's not too worried about the low lake levels because it’s easier to catch fish when the lake is low.

“I like it for fishing but you have to come early to get a spot because a lot of people are using all the same boat ramps,” explained Lee. “Later in the day, the boat ramps are crowded, especially in the weekends. But us fisherman come early and leave early before all the recreational people come out. But I know the people that are recreational boating are upset about the low lake levels.”

The Bureau of Reclamation said it met with marina managers last week and gave them projected lake levels for both summer and fall. But it's up to the marinas to make adjustments based on the lake levels.

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