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Trinity Lake Report

5/21/15 - The lake is down 15 feet due to the dumping of water down the river. The lake is at 2,261'. The Bureau has dumped the lake for the so-called fish restoration program. The lake is down 109' from the spillway.

The Trinity River Restoration Program is releasing a disproportionate amount of water down the river. In the midst of a severe drought, declared by the governor, they have stated this is a "dry" year. Last year was "critically dry" and this year is worse when you add precipitation and snowpack together. The lake is lower than last year, but the Program will take at least 84,000 more acre-feet than last year, and they have not ruled out the "fall release" at the end of summer to avoid a "fish kill."

Here is the updated graph of historic lake elevations The lake peaked about 83' above this year's low water mark on Nov 21, 2014. The Nov low water mark was the third lowest ever, the prior two being 1977 and 1992. (The gaps in the line on the graph are due to missing or bad data in the state's database.)

Bowerman Barn and Ranch Work Day
The next Bowerman Barn work day is scheduled for Sat, May 30 at 9:30. The crew will work on restoring the view from the cemetary.

See the project website.

If you're interested in helping with some of the projects, contact Carol Fall at 286-2855,

Fuels Reduction Tour at the Ballpark

Update: the Fuels Reduction at the Ballpark guided tour will be on Monday, June 8 at 10am, and begin at the TC cemetary. Wear walking shoes and bring some water. Everyone is welcome. Download a flyer.

At the May 5 TC CSD board meeting, Lara Graham, Fuels Specialist with the USFS, presented the plan she is developing for wildfire fuel reduction in the area between Hwy 3 and the lake, north of KOA — the area locally known as "the ballpark." The plan is in its early stages, requiring some environmental study work and approvals, and funding must be secured. But hopefully the project will move along this year and be ready for implementation next year

There are two parts to the project: in the area where fuels reduction was done just north of KOA, a prescribed burn would be used to reduce the understory creeping back in. In the thicker growth area a bit further north, and easily seen around the cemetary, manual fuels reduction would be required.


This year's "Visitors Guide" published by the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (SCWA) features a Jeri Rangel photograph on its cover as well as inside the magazine in the Trinity County section. The SCWA is an eight-county, northern California tourism organization, much like a chamber of commerce for northern California. A half-million copies of this publication are shipped all over the world to attract visitors to our beautiful area. You can view it online or pick it up at the North Lake Visitor Center (opening Memorial Day weekend) next to the Trinity Center General Store.

Jeri RangelJeri Rangel of Coffee Creek has been taking fantastic photography of the North Lake area for many years. She is an avid outdoorswoman: hiking, backpacking, biking, paddling, boating, skiing, and more. You have seen many of Jeri's photographs on this website as well as the North Lake Facebook page. Jeri's photography is featured at the North Lake Visitor Center and in trail guides published by TLRA, available at the Visitor Center and online here.

Congratulation, Jeri. We love hiking with you, and we love your photography!


TCVFD Breakfast - Sat, May 23
Timbers Restaurant Opens Memorial Day Weekend
Bears Breath Spaghetti Buffet All Weekend
MiniKat Is Open
Trailhead Pizza Is Open
Yellow Jacket Open Weekends
CCVFD Breakfast - 3rd Sunday of Each Month

Timber's new chef, Jeremiah Mitchell, will begin the summer season on Memorial Day weekend. Jeremiah is a graduate of Cordon Bleu cooking school. Reservations recommended, 286-2225.

Bears Breath will be open this weekend Fri, Sat, Sun 5:30p - 9:30p for Margo's Awesome Spaghetti Buffet. Then the restaurant will open June 10 for the regular seasn. June 11 is Locals Night.

The Trinity Center Fire Department Auxiliary will hold their first breakfast of the season at the IOOF Hall on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 from 8a to noon. Come on out and support your local fire departments!

Another season of milkshakes, burgers, and good fun is underway at the MiniKat at KOA, now open daily 11a to 8p.

Trailhead Pizza is open for the 2015 season. Spring hours are Fridays from 5p to 8p and Saturdays & Sundays from 11a to 8p.

The Yellow Jacket is open weekends 9a to 6p.

The Coffee Creek Fire Flies have started their season of Sunday morning breakfasts. The monthly breakfast is on the 3rd Sunday of each month from April through October at the Coffee Creek Fire Hall. Come on out and support your local fire departments!

Steve Renten Appointed Chief of TCVFD

After 4 1/2 years as fire chief of the Trinity Center VFD, Ken Rieke has stepped down. His work schedule makes it impractical to continue as chief, but Ken says he will continue to respond as a firefighter and EMT when he is town.

We are certain that all of us in the North Lake would like to express our gratitude to Ken for outstanding leadership of the department. On his watch, the department added members, replaced aging equipment, upgraded skills, and restarted the fire hall upgrade program. Ken will be missed as chief.

At the TC CSD board meeting on Tuesday, May 5, Assistant Chief Steve Renten was appointed as the new Chief to replace Ken. Steve has been with the department for many years, and in addition to serving with TCVFD, Steve works with the county Office of Emergency Services and is a member of the sheriff's Search and Rescue team. Be sure to congratulate Steve when you see him!

EMS Transport Meeting

The North Lake would like to thank Kathy Ratliff and Rob Barcelona from TCLS, Troy Jones and Matt Nehls from PHI, and Suzie Smith and Jennifer Hart from REACH for driving all the way to Trinity Center to meet with us. These top notch EMS providers joined our own Bob Bryant, Medical Director for TCVFD and CCVFD, to present the process used to determine how and where to transport patients in our area. And a special Thank You to the TCVFD Auxiliary for providing refreshments and beverages for the meeting Monday evening.

Whether to transport a patient by ground or air, and where to take the patient, is a determination made by the first responders, and it is clear that these volunteers and professionals do their utmost best to provide the best appropriate care to the patient.

We are lucky to have so many highly qualified resources available to us here in our remote North Lake area. While not doing a "hard sell" for their respective membership programs, TCLS, PHI and REACH made it abundandly clear that it is in everyone's best interest to join all three membership programs. Like most insurance, we hope we never need it and wish we had the premiums back. But if we do need it, these programs can avoid a financial catastrophe, on top of whatever medical problem one might be dealing with.

You can obtain membership in all three programs for just $150 per year. Contact your local fire department for more information.

Trinity County Code Enforcement
Here are a few quick links to documents on the Trinity County website:

Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Delta Tunnels
Stop The TunnelsControversy continues as more people become aware of the Governor's proposal to divert Northern Calif water south through two 32-foot diameter tunnels under the Delta. You can read much about this plan on our Stop the Tunnels page. Below are some recent articles and news:


Stop The Tunnels

North Lake Community Action

View the TLRA page for a list of positioning letters, EIR/EIS comments, and community meeting presentations. Community Meeting logo


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