California Drought and Water Levels at 11 Lakes

Parimal M. Rohit

The impact of California’s current drought has already left its mark on the local boating and fishing community. Diamond Valley Reservoir, for example, was shut down to boaters indefinitely by state officials because the water level was too low.

California’s Department of Water Resources published the water storage levels of selected reservoirs statewide, including 11 in the Southern and Central California region. The Log presents the reported water levels of these 11 local lakes/reservoirs.

Capacity* 2015 Level % of Cap (2015)
Big Bear Lake 74,000 43,700 59%
Bridgeport Reservoir 44,100 6,600 15%
Cachuma Lake 190,500 56,900 30%
Castaic Lake 325,000 98,400 30%
Crowley Lake 183,500 97,500 53%
Grant Lake 47,500 15,600 33%
Lake Casitas 254,000 130,000 51%
Lake Isabella 568,000 47,700 8%
Lake Silverwood 78,000 70,100 90%
Perris Lake 131,500 45,200 34%
Pyramid Lake 180,000 168,000 93%

* – Capacity in Acre-Feet

Source: California Department of Water Resources, Data Exchange Center
Information published March 11, 2015

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