Where did the Lake Go?
Winter in the Chelan Valley takes on a whole new look for waterfront properties. Beginning after Labor Day weekend, the Chelan County PUD begins to lower lake levels, leaving many properties, such as this Cabana “high and dry” for many months. Even in the early Spring months, the water levels remain low and won’t begin to rise again until some time in May.
It’s not just Cabana Row that’s affected. Take a drive along the South Shore and you’ll see many “no-bank” waterfront properties transformed into sandy beachfront. If you have access to it, the change in shoreline, especially in the Spring when the sun is warm, is a nice opportunity for beachcombing and is a slower pace than in the Summer.
Every year the lake is lowered as a critical recource to the Chelan PUD’s network of hydro-electric resources. As summer approaches, the lake will begin to fill once again until it reaches capacity at about 1100 feet. As of today, the level is nearly 14′ below it’s
Here’s a view of the community dock serving Crystal View Estates. In a few months, when the lake rises, these slips will be home to several shiny boats!
Some fun pictures, we’ll compare when the lake is back to it’s Summer level.