On Monday Cascade Water Alliance and the Lake Tapps Community Council announced Lake Tapps will be raised to its maximum level of 543 feet within the coming week.
The lake will stay at that level for several days. Raising the lake to its full recreational level is in anticipation of maintenance outage that require the headgates to close.
For the remainder of the recreational season, no more water will be added to Lake Tapps, according to a press release from the Cascade Water Alliance.
Cascade Water Alliance will minimize the amount of water released through the tailrace.
The recreational level on Lake Tapps will likely remain the same through Labor Day.
Aside from maintenance needed, the press release stated Cascade Water Alliance will replace the remaining section of the timber flume in the flowline between White River and Lake Tapps.
In doing so, it will help maximize the diversions from the river during the spring refill that begins in 2015. This will help to assure the lake will reach its recreational level on time next year.
The alliance also plans to repair Dike 3 and perform a condition assessment on the facilities that drain water from the lake to the White River.
After Labor Day weekend, the lake will drop to its lowest anticipated level by mid to late November.
Residents along the lake are urged to watch the water levels along the shoreline and make the necessary adjustments for their boats and other items they keep in the lake.
No recreational activity is allowed on the lake during the time of the drawdown.
Next year’s spring refill is anticipated for mid to late March 2015 and residents who have been constructing or repair docks or bulkheads should have their work completed prior to the refill.
To stay up to date on lake levels throughout the coming seasons, you can visit the Alliance’s website, cascadewater.org.