Word is just at that the dam won’t be allowed to release any water to start the commercial rafting companies for Tahoe City to River Ranch floats this weekend. This is devastating for the companies who depend on the revenue of summer’s busiest weekend and the rafters who count on recreational rafting. Personal rafts will be allowed to float the river but the commercial companies won’t be allowed to open until the water is let out of the dam. When will that be you might be thinking?! According to Chad Blanchard, deputy chief water master at the water masters office water can’t be let out until no more than 500 cubic feet per second is flowing past Floriston, and as of Thursday, that rate was 930.
So bring your own boats or find a different activity because the river will be calm and quiet (compared to normal) this weekend with the late snow melt. The last time this happened was in 2006. For more info see recent article in the Sierra Sun.