Boaters at Lucky Peak Reservoir may have noticed a difference in water levels over the Labor Day weekend.
Water levels are being dropped at the reservoir by the Army Corps of Engineers to meet irrigation needs. In the last few weeks, the water level has been reduced by 12 feet.
The water level is affecting other areas around the reservoir as well. A swimming area at Robie Creek that was full only last month is now nothing more than an empty beach.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is patrolling the waters to ensure that boaters are being safe. Deputies explained that the lower reservoir levels are not much of a problem and that, “Most people up here have boated enough to notice when the lake levels have dropped. Obviously there are visible signs that it is dropping. Docks are beached, rocks are starting to show, shorelines are starting to show."
For boaters like Chris Kernner who are taking it easy and are cruising the lake, the lake level isn’t a big deal. “Watch the channels you’re going into and be careful when you’re launching. It’s not a big deal. Just be patient,” Kernner said.
Water levels will continue to drop for the next several weeks as summer tapers off.