Lake Tapps is looking rather full with a current elevation of 542 feet.
Cascade Water Alliance, who controls the lake levels, plans to resume refilling the lake with water from the White River May 2, and expects the lake to rise to 542.5 feet by May 7.
Cascase will then take a break from using the river to refill the lake until May 14, when the lake will be brought up to the maximum level of 543 feet by no later than May 16.
The plan is then to maintain the maximum water level for around 24 hours and then release water from the lake back into the White River.
“It will take a few days for the reservoir levels to reach elevation 542.5 – 542.75 feet, which is the level we plan to maintain for the remainder of the recreational season (through at least Sept. 30),” Cascade Water Alliance Communication Director Elaine Kraft wrote in an email.
Lake Tapps reached minimum recreation levels (elevation 541.5 feet) this year on March 6.
Accoding to Kraft, Cascade has raised the reservoir levels to approximately elevation 543 feet each year since 2010. The reservoir level has reached approximately elevation 543 feet in 12 of the past 16 years.