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Last modified on: Wednesday, 13-Dec-2017 11:58:49 EST
Trinity Lake Report
12/13/17 - Fortunately, they are holding the lake level. It remiains at about 2,324', which is 46' below the spillway. This is about the time of year they do those "safety of dam releases" from the lake, even in drought years. We are in an extended dry spell and there is no snow in the mountains, so there is no reason for any releases. The rumored river release in February was not approved, so let's save every drop! The
Trinity Center ramp is still open, but it's down to the single-lane ramp. Fairview and Minersville ramps are open.
The lake is reportedly at 110% of normal for the date. Of course, that's the "new normal"
since the fish engineering science experiment began. Stuarts Fork, Bowerman, Tannery and Clark Springs ramps are
closed now, but we are still having a great boating season.
Here is a graph
of historic lake elevation (updated 12/12) showing spillway and Trinity Center ramp elevations.
(The gaps in the line on the graph are due to missing or bad data in the state's database.)
California Boating and Waterways Commission
Approved Our Boat Ramp Project!
At the Feb 8, 2017 meeting of the state Boating and Waterways commission in Weaverville,
approval was granted for the $1.64 million improvement project for the Trinity Center
launching facility. The grant will be given to the USFS to do the work since they manage
the National Recreation Area that controls recreation on Trinity Lake.
The USFS has applied for a $1.64 million grant to improve the parking, restroom and launch
facilities at our boat ramp. The plan is to extend and re-pave the double-lane ramp down to
the bottom of the current single-lane, put in a new floating courtesy dock, install
all-new restrooms, and more! The details are in
The day before the meeting, on Feb 7, the commission toured the Trinity Center ramp and concluded
that this is a very valuable resource for our community in need of overhaul.
A strong showing of local support both at the ramp tour and at the meeting in Weaverville went
a long way toward convincing commission members of the need. They said multiple times that they
were impressed with the public show of support for the project.
The work will need to be done at a lower lake level, and the end of the drought this year is
ironic timing, but the project is approved and actually includes funding for a small cofferdam
to allow work even if the ramp is not fully exposed.
A big Thank You to California Department of Boating and Waterways, the USFS NRA team, the Trinity Collaborative,
and, of course, a small, tireless group of locals who fought to keep this project on the radar and moving forward!
Trinity County Code Enforcement
Here are a few quick links to documents on the Trinity County website:
Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Delta Tunnels
as more people become aware of the Governor's proposal to divert Northern Calif water south through
two 32-foot diameter tunnels under the Delta. You can read much about this plan on our Stop
the Tunnels page. Below are some recent articles and news: