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Folsom Lake Nearly Full – More Water Coming

Posted on: May 27, 2019


folsom lake level May 27 2019


The current Folsom Lake level stands at about 928,000 acre feet which is 95% of capacity.  In an average year, the lake level peaks just about June 1st, at 825,000 acre feet.

The last snow survey of the season was done on May 1st, and at that time the Sierra snow pack was at 188% of average, and over the last 2 weeks the highest peaks have seen over a foot of new snow.

See the chart above. The blue line is where we are now, the sky blue is where we are in an average year, and the red, when we were in the midst of the 2014 drought.

We’ve had 4 good, ‘wet’ years in a row, and water experts warn that we shouldn’t get too comfortable and to keep up conservation efforts, as we don’t know when the next drought is coming.

For now, expect a good long boating season and maybe enjoy a walk by our beautiful lake.

Storm Runoff Raises Folsom Lake Level to 42% of Capacity

Posted on: January 18, 2019


folsom lake level jan 18

California Department of Water Resources graphs shows Folsom Lake’s water level has risen by over 88,000 acre feet in the past two weeks.

To put it in perspective, that’s about 4 times what the city of Folsom uses in one year.

While the lake stands at about 42% of capacity, considerably below average for this time of year, with more storms underway, and the Sierra snow pack at 103% of average, these are good signs that the lake is on the rebound.