Persistent low water conditions limit boat access on Yale, Swift Reservoirs

September 06, 2019

WOODLAND, Wash. — Low water levels in the Lewis River drainage continue to impact boaters. The boat ramps at Saddle Dam Park, Cougar Park and Beaver Bay on Yale Reservoir are closed until further notice. The ramp at Swift Camp will also be closed as of Sept. 8.

The ramp at Yale Park is open and provides boat access to the reservoir. Boat launches at Speelyai and Cresap on Lake Merwin reservoir are open.

Low snowpack and below average spring rains means water coming into the series of reservoirs managed by PacifiCorp is well below normal for this time of year. Statewide, the Washington governor has declared a drought. Closure signs are posted at the affected recreation sites.

Reservoir levels, even without the water conditions seen this year, are subject to available inflows and downstream flow requirements for fish and aquatic habitats. While reservoir levels are always subject to fluctuation, PacifiCorp recognizes the importance of recreational resources and balancing of recreation access with environmental requirements.