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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Boaters Cautioned to Avoid Clear Lake Debris

2024-02-06 Clear Lake Debris Image 1

Boaters Urged to Use Caution When Boating Throughout Clear Lake due to Floating and Submerged Debris Hazards

An urgent and important Joint Press Release from the Lake County Water Resources Department, Lakebed Management, and Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Marine Patrol.  The image attached to this postPlease Contact the Lake County Water Resources Department with Any Questions on this Topic shows debris towed in by Marine Patrol on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, and removed by County of Lake Public Services and Water Resources Department Personnel.

LAKE COUNTY, CA (February 6, 2024) – Users of Clear Lake are advised to exercise extra caution when operating motorboats throughout Clear Lake during the months of February and March 2024, due to floating and submerged debris hazards resulting from Atmospheric River storm events that occurred January 31 through the first week in February.

Floating and submerged debris such as trees, branches, full or partial floating docks, trash, and other objects can cause significant damage if hit or come in contact with boats operating at normal to significant speed.  Lake County Water Resources Department advises boaters to maintain a safe speed and keep a clear line of vision ahead of their vessel, especially during times of fog or mist. 

The Water Resources Department, in coordination with Lake County Marine Patrol, Department of Public Services and the cities of Lakeport and Clearlake, are combining efforts to remove and dispose of debris and hazards.  However, this will be a long, ongoing process and boaters should remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings and maintain a safe, slower speed when boating in Clear Lake.

For questions regarding this topic, or to report in-lake hazards such as debris, floating docks, or missing or found hazard buoys, please contact the Water Resources Department at (707) 263-2344 or email at water.resources@lakecountyca.gov.

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