Four Corners lakes, reservoirs rising thanks to snowpack

Updated: 06/06/2014 5:43 PM | Created: 06/06/2014 5:01 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

As the water levels in Navajo Lake rise, so must the marina.

Eighty-five anchors hold the floating boat dock, restaurant, store and gas station in place, and as the water levels change, workers adjust the 85 winches to make sure that the cables are tight.  

"We are always maintaining the level of the marina, it is an everyday job," said Mark Hudson, who maintains the Navajo Lake Marina.

Today, Navajo Lake is reading an elevation of 6,045 feet, which is only 40 feet from its peak capacity.

"Looking very good, the island is disappearing, that's a good thing, a real good thing," George DeWees said.

DeWees was doing some fishing today, glad for the higher water levels.

"People come out here and the lake is low, and seems like everybody's attitude goes low," he said.

But it's not just fisherman and boaters that are glad for the higher water levels. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages water resources of Navajo Lake, watches the water level closely.

"We are doing better than we were doing last year," Susan Behery said.

She says that Vallecito Lake has already reached capacity and Lemmon Dam is filling rapidly.

"Right now we are not forecasting a shortage," she said.

Back at the Marina, they will enjoy it while the water is high.

"As long as they don't let too much out the bottom we will be ok," DeWees said.

And even the work crews might take a break.

"Get out and enjoy the lake, can't just work on it," Hudson said.

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