Weekend rain tops off Bay Area lakes
As raindrops fell over the weekend, the state of lakebased recreation in the Bay Area took a major jump for spring and early summer.
In Marin County, all seven lakes hit 100 percent full over the weekend. In north Marin near Novato, Stafford Lake officially was posted as 101 percent full as it crested and spilled.
Even in Santa Clara County, where the water district often keeps its reservoirs low, Uvas Reservoir near Morgan Hill hit 102 percent.
In the Santa Cruz Mountains, the City of Santa Cruz reported that Loch Lomond Reservoir rose to 100 percent and that water was thundering down its narrow spillway into Newell Creek. For the season, rainfall for the season at the lake topped 30 inches, and Loch Lomond is set for a March 1 opener.
In the East Bay hills, Los Vaqueros, the biggest lake in the Bay Area, rose to 92 percent full at its new higher dam. At the same time, rangers closed eight trails to help golden eagles tend their nests. Last spring, six chicks fledged, the highest number since 2011.
Here are the details, lake by lake: Marin: Lagunitas, Bon Tempe, Alpine, Kent, Soulajule and Nicasio all hit 100 percent full and spilling, reported the Marin Municipal Water District. Stafford hit 101 percent full and is spilling, reported the North Marin Water District.
Note: On Friday, before the weekend storm (and with rain expected throughout the week), the rain gauge at Lagunitas Lake reported 34 inches of rain for the season, compared with 19.64 at the same date last year. East Bay Hills: Los Vaqueros is 92 percent full at the new higher dam, reported the Contra Costa Water District. Elsewhere, Lake Chabot was 91 percent full, San Pablo 82, Briones 76 and Lafayette 73, reported the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Santa Clara County: Uvas is 102 percent full and spilling, reported the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Also: Vasona was 95 percent full, Almaden 91, Chesbro 86, Lexington 72, Coyote 72, Stevens Creek Reservoir 80, Guadalupe 48, Calero 45 and Anderson 36.