June 05, 2015
Since November 2014, when Cascade Water Alliance drew down the Lake Tapps Reservoir, the lake bed has been closed for public safety. This has included public boat launches and parks as well. The lake remains closed at this time.
Pierce County Parks, Bonney Lake, East Pierce Fire and Rescue, the Pierce County Sherriff’s Office and Cascade are working together to best assess when it will become safe to open the lake for public use.
At present, the US Army Corps of Engineers is holding water above Mud Mountain Dam. Water stored will, upon completion of the work, be released into the river. Because it is expected to be in excess of the minimum instream flow requirements, Cascade is planning on capturing this water and using it to add water to the reservoir the week of June 8.
Projections are that this could raise the lake considerably by the middle of June. All entities are working together to assess how much water will be in the lake at the end of this effort, and making decisions based on public safety as to whether the lake will be opened for use.