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Central California Reservoirs Filling Up Due To Recent Storms


Fisherman, boaters, and campers are eager to return to popular lakes for recreation as Central California reservoirs are filling up thanks to the recent storms and incoming snow melt.

Pardee Lake in Amador County is 97 percent full and Camanche Reservoir in Calaveras County has refilled to almost 70 percent of capacity. Lake Don Pedro in Tuolumne County, which covers 15 square miles, has risen to 60 percent of capacity. 

Don Pedro Recreation Director Chris Collett says the month of March brought a miracle increase, a 30 foot rise in the lake level. 

According to Collett, all the boat launches are back in operation and boaters and fishers are returning. 

"We are seeing quite a rise in reservations in the campground, approximately a 30 percent increase in reservations just this year to date from January 1 to March 31," Collett says.  

Collett also says Don Pedro provides water to the Turlock Irrigation District and by July the lake level should be another 30 feet higher than it is now.




Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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