Oroville >> Shuttle services are being offered throughout the summer at a few of the boat launch areas in Oroville because of the low lake conditions.
The shuttles are running Friday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bidwell Canyon, Lime Saddle and Loafer Creek recreation areas.
State Parks Superintendent Aaron Wright noted the Loafer Creek launch area would likely be inaccessible next week, as the water will be too low for boat launching under the current projections.
State Parks employees are operating the shuttles, commissioned by the state Department of Water Resources.
Many lake users have complained to the state about fewer recreational opportunities on the lake in the aftermath of the Lake Oroville spillway disaster in February. Since then, the lake level has dropped significantly, meaning boaters have farther to walk after parking their vehicles at the high-water line. In addition, the largest boat launching facility on the lake, near the spillway, has been closed indefinitely.
Wright said new hires were needed in order to offer the service, usually reserved for holidays, which is planned at least through Labor Day weekend this year. The shuttle service aims to mitigate the long walks from the lake to the parking areas, Wright said.
The lake may now drop one foot per day due to downstream demands, DWR officials reported at a meeting last week. As of 5 p.m. Monday, the reservoir’s surface level was 807 feet of elevation, nearly 100 feet from the top.
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