Cascade Water Alliance to begin Lake Tapps spring refill next week

Cascade Water Alliance, in conjunction with the Lake Tapps Community Council, will begin refilling Lake Tapps next week.

The refilling is expected to begin Tuesday. The action is in accordance to agreements.

Cascade will begin the spring refill slowly for a couple of weeks, and then residents will see this process accelerate during the first week of March with the goal of having the lake reach recreational levels (541.5 feet) by mid-April.

Cascade intends to fully fill the lake (to elevation 543 feet) in early May and then maintain an elevation of approximately 542.5 feet through the remainder of the summer.

The alliance received requests to deviate from the 2012-13 Lake Tapps drawdown schedule agreed to between Cascade and the council to allow for completion of two transportation projects. One of these projects is under way.

Residents should be reminded that in the future, Cascade anticipates maximum winter drawdown will be to approximately 538 feet, absent the need for major dike maintenance or repairs. Homeowners should not expect to have the lake drawn down below that level in the winter for individual dock or bulkhead repairs. Prior to beginning any repair or construction activity, homeowners must have all the necessary permits and a license from Cascade.

For the latest in lake level information and for the agreements regarding lake levels, please visit

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