Lake Oroville reaches peak for the year

OROVILLE — Lake Oroville likely reached its limit last month when lake levels lingered at slightly less than 777 feet.

The Department of Water Resources said the lake hit its peak storage for this water year on May 8 measuring at 776.95 feet elevation and 1.94 million-acre feet — about 400,000 acre-feet higher than the peak in 2021.

“The water year ends on Sept. 30 and it is unlikely we will see significant rainfall before that time,” DWR officials said in an email.

The Lake Oroville Visitor Center is seen from the vantage point of its tower June 16, 2022 in Oroville, California. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

DWR said the higher peak lake level this year can be attributed to a record-setting atmospheric river in October 2021 and a robust snowfall in December 2021.

The lake is still below the average peak for the season, DWR said, as the north state saw below average precipitation this year and experienced its driest January, February and March in 100 years.

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