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Tahoe Vista boat launch to close after weekend

TAHOE VISTA – After peaking around mid-July, Lake Tahoe’s water level is beginning to decline, and at least one North Shore boat launch is taking notice.

The Tahoe Vista Recreation Area launch will close Monday, Aug. 9, for the rest of the year, the North Tahoe Public Utility District announced late Wednesday, as a safety precaution.

“We don’t want anybody to get hurt or ruin their boat,” said Kathy Long, park and facilities manager for the utility district, in a Thursday interview.



The utility district opened the Tahoe Vista launch in late June, albeit under a “launch at your own risk warning,” and the lake’s low levels this year did not allow the Coon Street boat launch in Kings Beach to open.

In mid-July, the lake approached its highest level at around 6224.7 elevation feet. According to U.S. Geological Survey statistics taken Thursday in Tahoe City, the lake’s water level is at 6224.35 elevation feet.



The lake’s natural rim is 6,223 elevation feet; it fell below that level last October for the first time in five years as a result of a three-year dry spell.

According to the utility district, the boat launch basin at Tahoe Vista Recreation Area was dredged this spring to the maximum depth allowed by Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to allow for construction of courtesy docks.

Other boat launches around the lake are still operating. A spokeswoman with Nevada State Parks on Thursday said there is no timeline to close the boat launch at Sand Harbor, on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore.

In Tahoe City, lake levels at the Lake Forest boat ramp, operated by the Tahoe City Public Utility District, present no challenge to keeping it open like normal, said Parks Supervisor Roger Adamson.

“We’re looking real good; you can pretty much launch anything that doesn’t have a keel,” he said Thursday.

The story’s about the same for Incline Village, said Incline Village General Improvement District General Manager Bill Horn, as the district’s ramp at Ski Beach should be open through Labor Day.


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