With another big rain storm last weekend, it means water, water everywhere in Northern California. We see the meadows starting to turn a rich green and the oaks beginning to bloom as we enjoy warm sunshine in between lots and lots of rain. The lake has been at its capacity with the gates open for most of the winter, in fact, it broke the most recent rise in January, with a surge over the spillway of 3.72 ft. this last Sunday; just 6 ft. below the maximum level with the gates closed. We only have two weeks before the required closure of the gates, so in a blink of an eye, we will be full. The “powers that be” will be regulating the outflow as always, with consideration of flood control, fish spawning and habitat, and water rights. While they all do their numbers thing, we get to relax and play in this beautiful remote gem in the Mendocino National Forest. We will announce when the USFS/PGE campgrounds around the north end of the lake open for business (Oak Flat is always open), and the Resort does take reservations, but with limited services this time of year. Do check in with us first, as weather conditions play a big part in what we have available before our full service, “all hands on deck”, opening for Memorial Day weekend.
Photo courtesy of Sam Mills