Week­end rain tops off Bay Area lakes

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - PAGE 2 - Tom Stien­stra is The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle’s out­doors writer. Email: tstien­[email protected]­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @Stien­straTom TOM STIEN­STRA

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.

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