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The surface of Folsom Lake rose to 400 feet above sea level

Folsom Lake hit an important milestone over the weekend:  Even though most of the slips at the marina are still mired in mud, it could be just a matter of days before hundreds of boats can come out of dry storage in the marina parking lot. 

The surface of the lake rose to 400 feet above sea level Sunday morning, prompting California State Parks to lift the 5 mile-per-hour speed limit that had been in place since early summer.

Folsom Lake marina operator Ken Christiansen said the marina store and gas dock began floating as the water rose above the 400-foot mark.

"Everything's looking good.  The snowpack's the important thing.  So everything's looking good for a good year," Christiansen said.

Things are happening quickly at the marina.  With just four more feet of water, the 674 rental slips will start floating again.  Three more feet after that, it'll be safe to move the tenant boats out of dry storage.

It was mid-July when the water level dropped below 400 feet and triggered a speed limit of five miles per hour.

And it kept going down, eventually reaching a record low of 349 feet the first week of December.

"You know, I've lived here for 41 years and I've never seen the lake as low as it was last fall," said Danny Del Carlo, a Folsom resident.

But then it happened: about 8 a.m. Sunday, the lake level rose above 400 feet for the first time in six months, coming up over ten feet in less than a week.

ABC10 was there just after noon when state parks officially removed the five mile-an-hour speed limit.

Folsom Lake still holds about 20 percent less water than it typically would this time of year, but the rapid inflow of the past week shows how quickly that could change.


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