Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Memorial Day weekend is now less than two weeks away. Will water levels at local lakes be high enough to provide fun? Or will they leave everyone high and dry?
The bad news is, Cheney State Park is still very dry. The good news is that the lake level is actually up some.
"It has slowed down a bit because we have our normal people that come out and do a lot of boating and fishing and some of them have held off on making reservations," said Kathy Knowles, Cheney Reservoir office manager.
Recent rains have lifted the lake level about a foot-and-a-half. At one point, Cheney Reservoir was down 7.95 feet. Within the last month, the lake is reported 6.6 feet low.
"It took forever to finally get runoff," Knowles said. "Now, finally, the ground is starting to get more saturated and we're getting everything back up to normal ground-wise. We're finally getting that runoff into the lake. Every rain helps now."
We found only two people fishing on the west side of the lake on Wednesday. The Quezada's were trying to enjoy some fishing on a day off from work in an area that would normally be about 50 feet offshore.
"It is pretty low," said Alvaro Quezada. "But at least it's up a little bit, so we really appreciate that."
Park officials say there will likely be plenty of campsites available for Memorial Day weekend. The east marina remains the only area where rangers advise putting in boats and jet skis.