DWR Continues Critical Operations During Public Emergencies

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Photo of Bidwell Canyon Marina from Loafer Creek. Photo courtesy of California State Parks.

North Complex/Bear Fire at Bidwell Canyon Marina from Loafer Creek at Lake Oroville. Photo courtesy of California State Parks.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) continues operations to maintain critical functions while modifying the way we work in the face of the current emergencies, like COVID-19 and fires statewide, to protect our staff and the public. DWR continues providing California its core services of water delivery, flood protection, dam safety, and infrastructure maintenance.

 

Due to California’s statewide fires, several State Water Project facilities (SWP) have closed to protect the public and employees of high fire danger in these areas. See update below. For fire incidents updates by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, go to the CAL FIRE website.

 

Following guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Department of Public Health (CDPH), DWR has made several changes due to COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of visitors and employees at DWR facilities, visitors and staff are advised to follow CDPH and local guidelines for social distancing. Stay six feet apart, wash your hands, and wear a face covering. For latest updates, go to COVID-19 website.

 

State Water Project Reservoirs and Facilities Status

While DWR continues its critical work, public access to some offices and facilities has been temporarily restricted, including DWR’s Sacramento headquarters office and regional offices in Red Bluff, West Sacramento, Fresno, and Glendale.

SWP reservoir and facility updates are below: *Note: Updated at 6 p.m. Sept. 29, 2020

Reservoir  County  Open/Closed Other Updates
Antelope Lake Plumas County Open for day use. Camping, smoking, campfires, and cookstoves not allowed.  
Frenchman Lake Plumas County Open for day use. Camping, smoking, campfires, and cookstoves not allowed.  
Lake Davis  Plumas County Open for day use. Camping, smoking, campfires, and cookstoves not allowed.  
Lake Oroville Butte County Closed due to nearby fires  
Thermalito Afterbay Butte County Open  
 North/South Thermalito Forebay Butte County Open  
Thermalito Forebay Aquatic Center Butte County Closed  
Clifton Court Forebay Contra Costa County Open Caution Algal Advisory
Bethany Reservoir Alameda County Closed  
Lake Del Valle Alameda County Closed due to nearby fires
O'Neill Forebay  Merced County  Open  Caution algal advisory
San Luis Reservoir Merced County Open  Caution algal advisory
Los Banos Creek  San Benito County Open  
Quail Lake  Los Angeles County Open  
Pyramid Lake Los Angeles County Closed until October 1. Los Alamos Campground also closed.
Castaic Lake  Los Angeles County Open
Silverwood Lake* San Bernardino County Open  
Visitors Center County Open/Closed Other Updates
Lake Oroville Visitors Center Butte County Closed  
Romero Visitors Center Merced County Closed  
Vista del Lago Visitors Center Los Angeles County Closed  

 

*Information on recreation managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation can be obtained on the CA Parks website.

Catch a Special Thrill Events at SWP Reservoirs:

All Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) events at SWP reservoirs are cancelled for 2020. This includes:

 

  • Lake Oroville in Butte County
  • Brannan Island in the Delta
  • O’Neill Forebay in Merced County
  • Castaic Lake and Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County
  • Lake Perris in Riverside County
  • Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County

 

For more information on future events, visit the C.A.S.T. website.