DWR Continues Critical Operations During Public Emergencies

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A view of the northeast side of Castaic Lake.

A view of the northeast side of Castaic Lake.

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.

  

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 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 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 Open  
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
Bethany Reservoir Alameda County Closed  
Lake Del Valle Alameda County Open with limited capacity for day use and boating. Closed to camping. More info at: https://www.ebparks.org/parks/del_valle/ Danger algal advisory
O'Neill Forebay  Merced County  Closed to camping. Fishing tournaments cancelled. More information at: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=558
 
San Luis Reservoir Merced County Closed to camping. Fishing tournaments cancelled. More information at: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=558 Caution algal advisory
Los Banos Creek  San Benito County Open  
Quail Lake  Los Angeles County Open  
Pyramid Lake Los Angeles County

Closed to camping and boating rentals. Fishing tournaments cancelled. More information at: https://rockymountainrec.com/lake-facilities/listing/pyramid-lake


Castaic Lake  Los Angeles County Closed to camping and boating rentals. Fishing tournaments cancelled. More information at: http://parks.lacounty.gov/castaic-lake-state-recreation-area

Silverwood Lake* San Bernardino County Closed to camping. Fishing tournaments cancelled. More information at: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=650  
 Lake Perris  Riverside County Closed to camping. Fishing tournaments cancelled. More information at: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=651  
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.