California’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Shasta & Lake Oroville, are both above 90% of their capacity right now. These two reservoirs alone contain more than 40% of the total water now stored in California’s largest reservoirs, totaling up to 6.07 million acre feet of water in Shasta and Oroville.
These two reservoirs have dramatically increased their water amounts and levels since December 2015.
Lake Shasta =
- 29% of capacity in December 2015 (only 4 months ago) and 100-feet below normal
- Since Dec. 2015, Shasta has more than tripled its amount of water and the lake level rose over 135′
- Lake at 1053′ and capacity is 1067′
- Currently at 91% of average
- California’s largest reservoir
Lake Oroville =
- Nearly reached the lowest levels ever recorded back in 1977 (645′) when Oroville dropped to 649.5′ in Dec. 2015
- Risen 230′ since December 2015
- Lake is at 880′ and capacity is 900′
- California’s 2nd largest reservoir
- Currently at 92% of average
Central and Southern California reservoirs are not fairing as well, unfortunately. See graph at top of article.