Drought drains recreation revenues at Tahoe
With a mere 3 inches of snowmelt adding to the level of Lake Tahoe this year, the dire trickle-down effect of the drought on recreational outlets like Lake Tahoe Balloons has not been overinflated.
By the time the anticipated lake level for Tahoe reaches its natural rim of 6,223 feet by mid-October, businesses and agencies tied to the fun and the sun may see more severe conditions than what is being witnessed now from shore-to-shore.
To many who follow the trends, there’s nothing normal about the weather patterns. And this includes the lake’s experiencing more abnormal monsoonal weather conditions that reduce evaporation and provide heavy downpours. The positive of the whacky weather is that it delayed the lake’s hitting the natural rim.
“I used to be able to get right up there close to shore. Now I have to be a quarter mile out. That makes it difficult,” Harley Hoy of Lake Tahoe Balloons told Lake Tahoe News.
For many years, Hoy has run his company out of the Tahoe Keys Marina. But he may be forced to move if the lake level keeps sinking and the marina operators fail to live up to their pledge of dredging the boat channel. It’s been a tricky situation for boats getting in and out of the popular South Shore marina, and it’s only getting worse.
Hoy said he was told the dredging would occur this summer. Now he’s heard October, and that may be too late for ...