The water level in Lake Shasta is higher than it has been in years because of the heavy rain that has fallen in northern California over the past few days.
Since the beginning of 2023, when it was at 928.01 feet, the lake has grown nearly 150 feet, to 1,063.77 feet above water level on May 9.
Since 2019, these water levels have never been this high at this time of year or at any other time. They are just below the 2019 high of 1,064.5 feet. So, the lake is only 3.2 feet away from reaching its full capacity of 1,067 feet.
Don Bader, the Northern California Area Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, told the Redding news station KRCR that Shasta would stay pretty full all summer. “We’re going to drop about 40 feet—40 to 50 feet—by the end of September, which is great news for boaters and water business owners because it will be fun to play on the lake.
“Then, next winter, if we just have normal winter weather, we’ll have a lot of water at Shasta in the spring, which is great for next year. So, we already know that after three years of drought, we’re going in the right direction going into next year.
Lake Shasta is the largest reservoir in California. It is in the county of Shasta. It has more water because of the heavy rains that hit the state in early spring, which filled up many of the lakes that had dried up. Last May 9, Lake Shasta was only 946.67 feet high.
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