SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The water level in Lake Tahoe is the highest it’s been in years. While this summer had many folks at Lake Tahoe searching for a dry beach to lay down a towel, this is great news for downstream water users in the coming year.

“I guess after four dry years in a row and a lot of shoreline, it just felt like the lake never fills, or rarely fills,” said Bill Hauck, senior water supply coordinator for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.

He said that, of course, the beaches were smaller this year because there was more water in the lake. In fact, the water level stops just shy of the top of the dam in Tahoe City. That six foot difference between the natural lake rim and the top of the dam creates a reservoir of sorts.

KCBS’ Susan Leigh Taylor Reports:

“It’s about 744,000 acre feet, and Lake Tahoe is the largest reservoir on the Truckee River system,” said Hauck.

This is terrific news for the 300,000 plus customers served by the water authority, but Hauck said that people shouldn’t get their hopes up too high for next year’s beach scene.

“If history tells us anything, we can see by looking at historical hydrology for the last 110 years that we’re due for another wet year next year,” said Hauck. That means another full lake.

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