Before some rains in February, we hadn’t had real precipitation for months. This led to Folsom Lake draining to its lowest levels since the 1970′s and briefly in 1992. The lake receded so much I was calling it a pond, you had to walk a half mile to reach the shore.
This is a panorama from the parking lot, water usually comes up to those trees this time of year
Here is the dam, see how much lower it is than the spillway on top
This is a new spillway under construciton to protect Sacramento from floods
The sierra’s should be very bright with snow, but it is instead dirty and melted
Just so desolate
Are these 1 inch rocks, or 10-foot boulders?
How about now?
There was this sandy beach, in the middle of nowhere 500 feet up from the shore
The old towns and other infrastructure buried under the lake had come out, this is a drainage culvert
Made of concrete from the 1920′s
Even the sewage/runoff system was poking through
sidewalks and roads
An old glass bottle
The old street was breaking up
The other end of the culvert
Much of the ground recently vacated by the lake was starting to dry and crack up
These trees were cut down before they flooded the area, but the stumps were really surreal
See the elephant?
I don’t think they need to worry about anyone drowning here
But maybe way down there
I did eventually get to the lake
And now it is much more full and all that cool stuff is under water again. Let’s hope we don’t see it anytime soon.