Boaters, campers and passengers of the Dolly Steamboat will face restrictions this fall and winter as Canyon Lake becomes the second Salt River reservoir in two years to be drawn down for scheduled maintenance work at Mormon Flat and Horse Mesa dams.
The scheduled maintenance will result in lower levels at Canyon Lake from now until about Jan. 26. Canyon Lake will gradually be lowered to approximately 50 feet below the normal lake levels through normal water operations during the four-month drawdown.
Because of safety concerns and the smaller capacity of Canyon Lake, Tonto National Forest district ranger Arthur Wirtz said the lake will be closed to all recreational boating during the majority of the drawdown. Wirtz also said the Canyon Lake Marina campground will be closed to the public during the drawdown, but the Acacia Picnic Area will remain open for picnicking and viewing the lake. Foot access for recreation users such as anglers will be kept open as long as possible.
The Dolly Steamboat will suspend operations until the lake is refilled in late January. The Lakeside Restaurant and Cantina will remain open at its existing location during the drawdown.
Jim Warnecke, fisheries biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said a fish habitat project is planned for Canyon Lake that will be similar to the project completed during the Apache Lake drawdown last fall and winter.
At the completion of the drawdown project, a grand reopening event has been scheduled for Feb. 9 by the Canyon Lake Marina, the Lakeside Restaurant and Cantina and the Dolly Steamboat.
Status updates of the drawdown will be available on the Canyon Lake Marina home page at www.canyonlakemarina.com. During the drawdown, lake levels will be updated daily on the SRP Web page at www.srpnet.com/dwr.
OCTOBER CLUB MEETINGS
The Arizona Flycasters Club will meet 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the cafeteria of Cortez High School, 8828 N. 31st Ave. in Phoenix.
Jude Duran, professional guide and custom fly tier from the San Juan River area of New Mexico, will present educational points of fly fishing this quality catch-and-release water.
For more information, call Craig Mernitz at (602) 739-2385.
The Arizona Predator Callers will host an electronic calling seminar at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 9, 1450 E. Main St. in Mesa.
Admission is $5 for nonmembers and free for students under age 18. Refreshments and door prizes are included in the admission price. For information, call Mike Burris at (480) 654-1411.