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Lake: Jefferson Lake

Jefferson Lake Water Level

Post By: coloradogal      Posted: 7/30/2019 11:59:46 AM     Points: 0    
We have reservations to camp in area. Fishing with canoe at Jefferson Lake as we do every year. When I called the Forest Service said they had a leak in the dam and it was 17' low. Reading some posts here it says 4' low. Can anyone tell me a recent water level and if boat ramp (we carry in canoe past gate area) has easy access to water or way down there?
 Reply by: Space Cadet      Posted: 7/30/2019 1:18:51 PM     Points: 261    
I was there 7/28 and the water was way down, and they plan on drawing it down further. We had to launch in the sand past the end of the boat ramp. If they bring it down to the same level as when they did the last repair, the boat ramp bay will be dry again. We brought a wheelbarrow to help carry our gear down and that turned out in our favor.
 Reply by: coloradogal      Posted: 7/30/2019 2:14:17 PM     Points: 0    
Bummer. Do you have any other ideas for canoe fishing in the area?
Jefferson is down 17' as of today but still very fishable. The biggest problem is the gate is locked on the ramp to prevent the larger boats from getting in which is understandable. Makes for a long, long way to carry your equipment down to the water. Best bring a wheeled wagon or something to help with that.
 Reply by: Buck_Wheat      Posted: 7/30/2019 2:58:23 PM     Points: 455    
I don't know how far you are willing to go but Tarryall Reservoir is 17 mi south east of Jefferson and it is a wakeless lake.
 Reply by: just wanna catch      Posted: 8/6/2019 10:20:28 AM     Points: 408    
Can you drive vehicle all the way to the lake? Then then park at that lot still??
 Reply by: Wacokid57      Posted: 8/6/2019 6:59:08 PM     Points: 11    
Forest Service just told me the lake is down 20ft. Not good for my hand launched aluminum boat.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 8/25/2019 2:29:35 PM     Points: 4489    
Take a look at the Aurora website they say itís 12% of capacity, looks like youíll have to bring your own water and fish. Tarryall would be an option.