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RESTORATION & AREA ACTIVITIES
RESTORATION & AREA ACTIVITIES
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NEWS UPDATE 9-24-2014; 6PM PDT - The evacuation of the Mosquito area, which includes Finnon Lake, has been lifted! Wahoo!
On September 13th a fire began in the area to the east of Finnon. As with all fires it began small but grew to over 70,000 acres within two days. The fire began due to arson, according to local county authorities, and an arrest was made. Sadly the fire is still going and still growing. As this is being written it is now 10 days. The area where Finnon Reservoir is located has been under a mandatory evacuation of residents since September 16. Authorities are preventing access to the area via either of the two roads that go to Finnon. Emergency situations have been allowing some residents to obtain a sheriff’s escort to their residence, but one is allowed only 10 minutes to gather what they can before being escorted out of the area. Fire crews from all over the nation have been assisting with trying to contain this fire. As of now 10 homes have burned, several smaller out-structures, and over 12,000 homes are within reach of this fire, which is nearing 90,000 square acres or about 140 square miles. It is huge! It has been named the KING FIRE. May all those affected by this fire be safe including all the animals, whether wild or domestic.
Finnon Lake Restoration and Area Activities needs to thank all of the fire personnel, sheriffs, police, Red Cross, animal shelters, and every volunteer that has been assisting with bringing normalcy back to the area. The fight isn’t over yet and the outcome is still unknown but these people are making a difference - so to all of them and to any evacuees may this be over soon and may no one else suffer loss or injury due to one uncaring person.
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These scrolling photos show the construction to completion of the concrete base support for the gear works that open/close the drain valve, which is located at the lowest point of the lake’s bottom. Water can drain from the lake into Jaybird Creek, which begins just to the west of the dam.
This photo shows the supports and rod that goes from the control gears to the drain gate. Clicking on the photo will enlarge it to show how the supports may be used to gauge the depth of the water. As of March 7, 2013 the water is just above the sixth support (from the top).
Left to right -1) August 2011 satellite view (©BING). Blue outline shows future size of lake. 2) (Photo© RockCreekCafe.com) Aerial view April 2012 with runoff water refilling the lake. 3) July 2012 Satellite View © on photo; 4) - what the lake will be as soon as it is near capacity, note that the east end of lake (almost half) is not in photo. Click first three photos to enlarge.
Please go to the MAPS & LINKS page for driving instructions and an array of additional sites and activities in the immediate area. Visit and pitch your tent for a day, week or longer and enjoy rowing the boat, a round of disc golf, however - going after that large mouth bass will have to wait a bit as the lake slowly refills.
A Visitor to the lake Wintertime at the old lake Campground clean-up Fishing anyone? How about disc golf?
WHILE WAITING FOR THE LAKE TO REFILL - (it’s only been 2+ years, sad!)
There are an additional array of activities which are nearby as well. The Eldorado National Forest; the Marshall gold discovery site / Sutter's Mill in Coloma; ATV trails in Georgetown; White water rafting on the South Fork of the American River; the Rubicon Trail for you Jeep fans; and the town of Placerville also known as "Old Hangtown." The oldest suspension bridge in California is nearby. The oldest, still operating, hardware store west of the Mississippi and oldest, still operating, newspaper west of the Mississippi are in Placerville as well. Come visit us and our neighbors, you'll enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as the activities. Click on the MAPS & ACTIVITIES page to see several additional things you may do while visiting the area. AND - if you enjoy stargazing on a dark evening bring your telescope, or binoculars. The night sky can be unbelievably clear and dark.
For additional history of the immediate area surrounding the lake click HERE.
Click on any photo to enlarge and scroll through this set. The far left begins the series with a 1946 aerial view. The lake should hopefully be back to a full level by 2013.
Aerial photos courtesy USGS, all others courtesy www.eldoradorcd.org
FINNON PHOTOS THROUGH THE YEARS
PLEASE! WHEN VISITING THE AREA PLEASE BE SAFE WITH FIRE, MATCHES, BBQ’S CIGARETTES, CAMPFIRES, AND ANYTHING THAT CAN START A FIRE or FUEL A FIRE. FIRE SAFETY IS 365 DAYS A YEAR!!
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Any news or updates for 2014 will initially be posted on this page, then moved to the Finnon Restoration Main Page, found under the History and Restoring link at the top of the page, (or click here.) Look for prior month’s updates there.
The main purpose of this website is to provide information on the Finnon Lake dam and lake restoration project. Finnonlake.com would like to say thanks to the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts (RCD)and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) for all their efforts in making the dam restoration possible. If not for these agencies the project would never have been accomplished. Please go to the History & Restoring pages for photos, videos, and links to the RCD website, and click HERE to go to the SNC website.
In addition this website has many additional pages - activities, maps, weather, area history and more. Please look for them all in the navigation bar at the top of each page.
Click the HERE for more weather.
Current weather at Finnon Lake - updates automatically every minute.
(Note: Above photos are not of Finnon Lake and are provided by weatherunderground.com)
Left to right -
The completed spillway bridge.
The new road over the dam.
Signs of fish.
The old well house foundation.
The beached raft in the coffer area.
Drain control. Water depth at about 28 feet at dam’s face.
A wide angle view of Finnon.
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Please stop by for a visit and enjoy our neighborhood. The Eldorado National Forest is our backyard. Catch and release fishing and camping will begin soon. Check out the Camping page for more information.