Rainy Season: California’s 10 Largest Reservoirs Drought Status

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Updated November 1, 2022

Folsom, CA – The beginning of November is expected to bring light rain to Placer County and the first heavy snowfall in the Lake Tahoe area. Optimism remains for California’s 10 largest reservoirs to fill, although forecasters expect another dry and mild case no nina next season. Let’s hope they are wrong!

Locally, Lake Folsom starts in November at 30 percent off average. Lake Oroville, which at one point was forced to shut down hydropower After dropping to 22 percent, there is now also 31 percent, according to the California Department of Water Resources. Bullards Bar remains a relatively bright spot at more than 100 percent of the average and sits at 62% capacity. A little bit of good news as the rainy season begins: California’s reservoirs this season are starting to do a little better than at the same time last year. Bring on snow and rain!

Top 10 lockers in California

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Total outdoor use accounts for an estimated 30 percent of water use according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

California reservoir levels over time

November 1, 2022

tank % eligibility % Average
Lake Shasta 31 58
new cantaloupe 24 45
Don Pedro 49 75
Lake Oroville 31 61
Lake Trinity 22 38
San Luis Race 25 55
New Bullards Bar 62 103
Lake McClure 18 42
precision flat pine 16 56
Folsom Lake 30 69
Folsom Lake 2022
January 2022

October 1, 2021

tank % eligibility % Average
Lake Shasta 24 39
new cantaloupe 35 63
Don Pedro 50 74
Lake Oroville 22 36
Lake Trinity 29 43
San Luis Race 12 26
New Bullards Bar 41 67
Lake McClure 20 45
precision flat pine 20 59
Lake Folsom 23 41

September 1, 2021

tank % eligibility % Average
Lake Shasta 27 43
new cantaloupe 38 65
Don Pedro 53 75
Lake Oroville 23 34
Lake Trinity 35 47
San Luis Race 13 32
New Bullards Bar 44 65
Lake McClure 25 45
precision flat pine 20 52
Lake Folsom 24 38

Top 10 California Lockers – August 1, 2021

tank % eligibility % Average
Lake Shasta 32 45
new cantaloupe 43 70
Don Pedro 57 74
Lake Oroville does not reach
Lake Trinity 41 51
San Luis Race 20 42
New Bullards Bar 48 62
Lake McClure 30 50
precision flat pine 21 42
Lake Folsom 25 35

Top 10 California Lockers – July 4, 2021

tank % eligibility % Average
Lake Shasta 38 48
new cantaloupe 50 79
Don Pedro 61 77
Lake Oroville 31 39
Lake Trinity 47 55
San Luis Race 32 51
New Bullards Bar 53 62
Lake McClure 37 53
precision flat pine 28 41
Lake Folsom 29 35

Top 10 California Lockers – Jun 10, 2021

tank Storage (Acre feet) % eligibility % Average
Lake Shasta 1,907,481 42 50
new cantaloupe 1,329,607 55 87
Don Pedro 1,316,816 65 84
Lake Oroville 1,291,556 37 44
Lake Trinity 1,231,052 50 58
San Luis Race 827617 41 54
New Bullards Bar 550214 57 66
Lake McClure 432.543 42 61
precision flat pine 394,337 39 55
Lake Folsom 346358 35 42
Data source: California Department of Water Resources

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