Martis Creek Lake reopens, algae determined non-toxic

Published July 22, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Martis Creek Lake near Truckee has reopened to the public following initial investigation of a possible algae bloom that closed the reservoir July 12.

California Fish and Wildlife examined the algae at Martis Creek Lake and determined they were not a toxic variety, so U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District officials have reopened the popular fishing reservoir but continue to caution visitors against swimming or other direct water contact for now.

“Recommending against direct water contact is a safety precaution,” said Doug Grothe, Martis Creek Lake park manager. “Though we believe the additional algae is a product of low water flow and warm lake conditions, our first priority is public safety.”

Martis Creek Lake and Dam are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District.

Robert Kidd

Release no. 14-039