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Boats ordered removed from Folsom Lake by July 2

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Because of falling water levels at Folsom Lake, the pull date for boaters to remove watercraft from the marina has been moved from July 13 to July 2. “We’ve had no rain basically since February, so we had to make adjustments to the pull date,” said Louis Moore, spokesperson for the Bureau of Reclamation. Moore said several ramps will still be available for launching use throughout the summer. Boats docked at one of the marina’s 675 slips risk damage by touching the bottom of the reservoir. Despite the lake’s shrinking water level, the Folsom Lake Marina is taking steps to make sure boaters aren’t left high and dry. “What we do is when the boats go out we put them in the parking lot until they’re ready for use,” said Tom Lakes, a clerk at the marina. With the new pull date falling two days before the 4th of July, Moore speculated the lake would see a decrease in holiday activity. “There will still be an opportunity for people to get out there,” he said. “But I think there will be fewer people out there.” On the other hand, Lakes doesn’t think the July 2 pull date will ruin anyone’s summer plans. “I really don’t think it’s going to impact things a whole lot,” he said. “There’s still plenty of water for the public use.” While the lake will remain open for recreational use, some veteran boaters suspected an earlier pull date and planned accordingly. “I figured the boats were going to come out early so we’re going to bring the boat to Tahoe,” said Kevin McNaughton, of Pilot Hill. McNaughton has a wet slip at Folsom Lake Marina and has been through early pull dates before. “Last year, we were out in August,” he said. “This year, we just have less water. I’ve been through this before – I was just wondering when it was going to be. Summer evolves. What are you going to do?” In light of the lower water level, the Bureau is stressing increased safety for boaters on Folsom Lake. Moore said boaters should pay special considering to floating debris now revealed by the lake’s low level and should decrease boat speeds as a result. “Safety is still a critical key,” he said.