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Tahoe’s lifted water level leads to resumed cruise operations

Griffin Rogers

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe luxury yacht Tahoe Paradise will resume running cruises next week after a more than month-long hiatus brought on by shallow waters.

Lake Tahoe Cruises, which owns the Paradise, made the announcement Friday, citing a recent string of favorable weather — and the subsequent rise in water level — as the reason for re-launching its cruise service.

Cruises on the Tahoe Paradise will resume March 5.

The Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II — also owned by Lake Tahoe Cruises — will remain halted, however.

The Dixie is undergoing scheduled maintenance and is tentatively set to resume cruise services this spring, according to the company’s announcement. And the Queen is out because of low water levels and a no-sail order issued by the U.S Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard issued the no-sail order at the beginning of the year after discovering a hydraulic sprocket on the ship that needed to be fixed.

“We’re in the process of making the requisite improvements,” said David Freireich, spokesman for Aramark, which owns Lake Tahoe Cruises. “We expect to have those completed and approved by the time the water level is at a depth suitable for the Queen to navigate the lake.”

Lake Tahoe’s water level is still below its natural rim of 6,223 feet above sea level, but rose about five inches after a pair of early February storms.

Today, the lake was at 6,222.79 feet above sea level.

Upon its return, the Tahoe Paradise will be limited to the “Daytime Scenic” sightseeing cruise of Emerald Bay, according to Lake Tahoe Cruises. It will depart from Ski Run Marina in South Lake Tahoe daily at 1:30 p.m.

The 82-foot, two-story yacht can accommodate up to 100 people.

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