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Low water levels prompt restrictions at Shasta Lake

Published On: Jul 05 2013 05:31:21 PM CDT

The following information is from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office:

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit is ordering the following closures/operation restrictions on Shasta Lake in the interest of public safety.

Our primary concern is for the enjoyment and safety of those who utilize this waterway for recreation.    We have identified the following safety concerns during years with low water storage. These restrictions will be in place each year and will go into effect as water levels dictate.

Sacramento Arm:

Salt Creek Inlet- Two “No Ski” buoys will be placed at the entrance to the inlet. The Inlet will be closed to Skiing when water levels reach 70’-80’ down from the high water mark/line. 

Gooseneck Cove/Little Sugarloaf Creek- Two “No Ski” buoys will be placed closing the entire North end of the Sacramento Arm to all towing activities. This will be in affect when water levels reach 90’-100’ down from the high water mark/line.

Sugarloaf Resort/Antlers Marina- a “5 MPH” buoy will be placed just south of the marinas and limit speed for the entire North end of the Sacramento Arm. “5 MPH” will be the maximum speed North for all vessel traffic when the water reaches 90’-100’ down from the high water mark/line.

McCloud Arm:

Dekkas Rock- Two “No Ski” buoys will be placed closing the entire North end of the McCloud Arm to all skiing above Dekkas Rock. This will be in affect when water levels reach 90’-100’ down from the high mark/line.

Squaw Creek Arm:

Chain Gang Gulch- A “5MPH” buoy will be placed closing the North to the end of the Squaw Creek Arm. This will be in place when water reaches 90’-100’ down from the high water/mark line.

Pit River Arm

Jones Valley Inlet- A “5MPH” buoy will be positioned at the entrance to the inlet closing this area to reduced speed. This will be in affect when water reaches 90’-100’ down from the high water mark/line.

Shasta County Ordinance 12.24.090- 5MPH when a vessel is within 100' of shore or anchored vessel, or within 200' of launch ramp, boat dock or moorage area.

“SKIING” As defined by Harbor and Navigation Code 651 (bb) is “Water skis, an aquaplane, or similar device” includes all forms of water skiing, barefoot skiing, skiing on skim boards, knee boards, or other contrivances, parasailing, ski kiting, or any activity where a person is towed behind or alongside a boat.

5MPH Zone-any area clearly marked requiring a vessel to travel less than 5 MPH /No wake zone.

“If it’s your boat, it’s your responsibility!!”

“Alcohol and water don’t mix!!”

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office appreciates everyone’s compliance with the above restrictions and wants to remind you that we are all responsible for safe boating and recreation on the water. If you have any questions regarding these restrictions, contact us at the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit at (530)245-6075.