Despite it being a year that had a low snowpack, late rains and snow in April boosted the runoff. Northern California did very well. The Sacramento rivershed was at 80 percent, according to the May 1 state Water Conditions Report. Some of the feeder rivers did quite well, with the Scott River at 133 percent, the Trinity River at 111 percent and the Upper Sacramento at 92 percent.
The American River was at 74 percent and the Cosumnes at 78 percent.
All reservoirs from Folsom to Shasta and the Upper American River Project of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District topped out above 95 percent. Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake spilled for a month.
This is prime time to enjoy the local lakes. Get a fishing license. Buy a canoe or kayak. Have a picnic. Bring mosquito repellant. From here the reservoir levels will start slowly dropping as water is released for power generation, for river rafting, for irrigation, for municipal water and to maintain fish flows.