Prolonged drought conditions have led to a drastic reduction in reservoir levels in the Lahontan State Recreation Area. The reservoir level currently measures 3,974 acre-feet, while the level at this time last year was just under 111,000 acre-feet and about 239,000 acre-feet in 2019.
Due to low water levels, boating is not recommended and swimming access can be difficult in most areas. The Silver Springs side of the park has no swimming water. Additionally, visitors should exercise caution when driving, as deep sand and mud patches are present, and the upper layer may feel dry while the lower layers remain wet.
A below-average snowpack last winter resulted in reduced stream flow in the Carson River, leading to a reduction in storage water available to the reservoir. Lahontan Reservoir levels have already fallen below minimum pool levels of about 5,000 acre-feet of water. The reservoir is not expected to experience a significant water level rise until this winter unless we experience rainy October and November.
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Conditions in the Lahontan State Recreation Area are constantly changing. For current updates, visit http://parks.nv.gov/parks/lahontan follow on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lahontan or call (775) 577-2226.