Lake Tapps Drawdown Update

The reservoir is currently at full recreation levels. No new water will be added, and the reservoir will begin to slowly float down (the rate will depend on rainfall). Residents should watch levels and remove their boats from the water according to levels in their area, at the latest by the mid-October. Active draw down will start November 1.

To allow Pierce County to do upgrades to its bulkhead at North Tapps Park, Cascade will actively lower the reservoir level in early November to an approximate elevation of 538′, where the reservoir will stay until Dec. 26. Then the level will drop quickly to about elevation 535’ for the park project work, which should take about six weeks. The 2020 fill is anticipated to begin in mid-February.

If doing work on your property, this is a good time to obtain the appropriate, required permits and a Cascade license prior to beginning any work. Further, residents should keep in mind as they do work on their property, especially bulkheads, that Cascade can raise reservoir levels to elevation 543’ under current water rights, so any new or modified bulkheads should be built to at least elevation 544’. Cascade raises the reservoir to 543’ once a year for a day or so as a reminder.