Lake Shasta Set to Reach Maximum Capacity, Boosting State Water Reserves

Anticipation builds as California’s largest reservoir, Lake Shasta, gears up to hit its maximum capacity for the second consecutive year, marking a significant rebound from years of drought-induced low water levels. Rising 12 feet from March 1 to 26, the lake now stands at 95% of its full capacity, with just 10 feet needed to reach the limit.

Despite challenges posed by the lake’s narrow base and wider top, efforts are underway to allow it to fill. The Bureau of Reclamation, the office tasked with managing Shasta Dam, initiated water release restrictions from the dam in March, aiming to facilitate the filling process. From releasing 14,000 cubic feet per second on March 13, the rate was slashed to 3,569 cubic feet per second by the end of the month, with ample rainfall contributing to the lake’s resurgence.

The impending full capacity is not only a boon for statewide water reserves but also signals a promising economic outlook for local communities. Lake businesses expect a thriving summer season, reminiscent of pre-pandemic times.

For the second summer in a row, it looks as if Shasta Lake is going to stay full for much of the season. Thank goodness for that late-winter rain.

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