Folsom Lake Water Levels – Words Cannot Describe How Low It Has Gotten.
I have spent many hours boating with the family and friends on Folsom Lake. It is a very familiar body of water that was close to home. Grabbing the kids and heading to Folsom Lake for an evening ski run could happen on any summer day. The lake has changed a great deal with the lack of rain this year.
There had been talk about the Lake level on the news and conversation with friends so I had to see for myself. As I drove into the Browns Ravine entrance off Green Valley Road, I could not help to notice the boats had all been pulled from the marina.
This is not uncommon during the later months of the year because the water regularly dips to low levels. But what if the levels continue to drop? The rain amounts in the fall and winter were slight at best. Here is a shot of the first boat launch. You can see the end of the launch, the water is nowhere near.
The park has had years when the water level at Folsom Lake drops but can still be used. There is a second launch if you drive past the normal Browns Ravine launch. Continuing down the road, you can see a large parking lot that is normally under water when the lake levels are up. As you can see, the parking lot is empty and not covered with water.
Driving over to the second launch, we can see that it too is not deep enough to get out on the lake. Since the water is now so low that a motorized boat on a trailer cannot be put into the water at Folsom, motorized boat are no longer allowed. It fact that was several weeks ago.
However, if your boat is not motorized and light enough to carry. You can walk it over to this very small dock shown in the circle. This has been used by the local fisherman and those wanting to paddle around.
There has been news of the water levels at Folsom Lake that has brought people out in droves to walk out onto the lake bed. Cities that have been buried in water are now showing itself, gold-panners are checking out the soil, and bridges build in the late 1800’s are being walked on; it is a great opportunity to check out the odd year of low rainfall. With no rain in the near future forecast, locals may want to head over to see what the excitement is all about.
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