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Boaters Urged to Use Caution along Clear Lake Shoreline Due to Low Lake Levels and Submerged Debris

LAKE COUNTY, CA (September 2, 2020) – Users of Clear Lake are advised to use extra caution when operating motor boats around shallow waters and near the shores of Clear Lake during the fall and winter months due to submerged debris near the lake’s surface.

Due to low water levels, submerged debris such as rocks, trees, sediments, and other objects can cause significant damage if hit or come in contact with boats operating at normal to significant speed. Lake County Water Resources Department advises boaters to maintain a safe speed and keep a clear line of vision ahead of their vessel, especially in the shallow areas and shoreline of the lake.

The Water Resources Department, in coordination with Lake County Marine Patrol, actively monitor and identify submerged hazardous debris as lake levels drop. However, this is an ongoing process and boaters should remain aware of their surroundings and maintain a safe speed when in and around Clear Lake’s shallow waters and shoreline.

For questions regarding this topic, or to report in-lake hazards such as debris or missing or found hazard buoys, please contact the Water Resources Department at (707) 263-2344.

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Urgent Health Advisory

Effective immediately, people on private water systems whose tap water comes from their own private intake into the lake, in the Oaks Arm and Lower Arm of Clear Lake should not drink the water.

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