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Lahontan Reservoir Levels Continue to Drop

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The high temperatures mean many people are heading to area lakes to cool off. But after three years of drought, some of those lakes have very low water levels.

Lake Lahontan is one of those reservoirs that is dropping, drastically, during a time of the year when you could expect to see a lot of people camping, fishing and boating. That's not the case this year, with much of the lake completely dry.

Over on the eastern side of the lake, it's a different story. Water levels are still very low, but good enough for fishing and jet-skiing.

"We kind of like it because there are more fish in a smaller area," Steve Daliposon said.

The Daliposon family set up their camp, Sunday night, and have already seen a drop in the water levels.  The water has receded about ten feet since they arrived. The shrinking reservoir means recreation is limited.

"They can't boat at all," Bridget Hanks said. "They can't bring their boats out here. The water is not deep enough."

"Sometimes we camp out here," Blake Wilcox said. "So, that's why I like to come out here."

Even camping is being affected by the water levels, including campers set up their tents.

"We can't have shade because the trees are up where we used to have water."

Just three people camped out on the Silver Springs side of the Lahontan State Park, Sunday night. Fewer people means less money is coming in for camping and entrance fees. When the reservoir is full, the surface covers 12,000 acres. Water levels are so low that the boat ramp has been closed for a year, and the lake looks more like a valley you can walk across.

"That's horrible," Hanks said. "I've never seen the boat dock that low."

While recreation has taken a hit this year, people also understand that the main purpose for the reservoir is agriculture, that's especially feeling the pain from the drought.

"It's horrible," Hanks said. "The farmers aren't being able to do anything."

"There's other people that come here for many different things and they don't like it but all-in-all, the more water we have, the better," Daliposon said.

Water levels barely reached the bottom of the boat ramp, near Silver Springs, at this time, a year ago. The lake has even dried out more, since then. Without a good snowpack this winter, we can expect the same conditions next summer.


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