Hensley Lake boat ramps to close, water level lowered during pump repairs

Published Aug. 7, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 7, 2013) – Hensley Lake boat ramps will close this month as water will be drawn down below the standard minimum pool level in order to facilitate drinking water pump repairs at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park near Raymond.

This year’s dry weather has kept the lake at slightly above the minimum pool level.

“Hensley Lake received only about two-thirds the average rainfall expected this past winter, so this is an opportunity for us to perform maintenance and repairs on the drinking water system used by our park visitors,” said Carrie Richardson, Hensley Lake park manager.

Buck Ridge and Hidden View boat ramps are tentatively scheduled to close Aug. 19 and Aug. 27, respectively. The exact dates are dependent on when irrigation releases make the boat launch sites unusable. Closure signs will be posted at all entrances and at the park boat ramps when boat launching is no longer allowed.

Drinking water will still be available during repairs.

“We’ll use a temporary pump to continue drinking water service in the park until we complete repairs to our primary water system, so the work should not directly affect activities other than boat launching,” said Richardson. “We hope to have the entire drinking water system back online by November and then lake levels can normalize.”

For current boat ramp status or further information, contact the Hensley Lake park office at 559-673-5151.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is America’s largest provider of outdoor recreation opportunities on federal public lands, serving more than 350 million visitors annually at 422 lake and river recreation parks in 43 states.

Robert Kidd

Release no. 13-055