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Updated: Pyramid Lake open again

Sediment removal now complete.

Posted: April 5, 2008 5:08 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Fishermen enjoy Pyramid Lake on Saturday. The lake reopened after being closed for 45 days for dredging.

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Fishermen, outdoorsy types and boaters can put Pyramid Lake back on their places-to-visit list.

The lake was reopened for recreation today after being shut down for sediment removal over the last 45 days.

During the closure, civil engineering crews from the Department of Water resources lowered the water level by 23 feet, then removed 32,000 cubic yards of sediment that had been accumulating around the boat dock over the last 34 years.

The improvements will allow Sheriff's Department and U.S. Forest Service boats to more easily navigate the area during low-water days. A new floating launch ramp was also installed for the boating public's use.

Pyramid Lake and Dam were created in 1973 as part of the massive State Water Project, the largest multi-purpose state-built water propject in U.S. history. The lake gets its name from a pyramid-shaped rock nearby that was carved out by engineers during the construction of Highway 99.

Pyramid Lake stores water for delivery to Los Angeles and other south coastal cities. It also provides regulated storage for the Castaic Power plant and offers flood protection along Piru Creek.

The lake was closed for a short time in early 2005, when a 14-inch-diameter oil pipeline ruptured on March 23, 2005 after rain-saturated earth slid out from under it, sending some 143,000 gallons of crude rolling down the hillside, under Interstate 5 and into the Posey Canyon cove of Pyramid Lake.

For more information on Pyramid Lake visit www.pyramidlakeca.com.

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