Toketee Lake Access By Boat Ramp Limited Due To Lowered Water Level During Study‏

Usability of the boat ramp at Toketee Lake in the Umpqua National Forest is limited due to reduced reservoir levels. PacifiCorp regrets the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause. Boaters and recreationalists who can’t portage their boats to the water are encouraged to use boat ramps at Lemolo Reservoir and Diamond Lake until further notice.

In the interest of public safety, PacifiCorp has lowered the level of Toketee and will maintain the lake at a reduced water level until further notice. This action is the result of very recent safety inspections at PacifiCorp’s 58-foot high Toketee Dam, located about 60 miles east of Roseburg on the North Umpqua River. There is not a structural problem with the dam. This is purely a precautionary measure in the interest of public safety.

A geotechnical inspection associated with a stability analysis of Toketee Dam indicates that the earthen dam may be susceptible to damage in the event of an earthquake. PacifiCorp has a responsibility and obligation to take precautionary steps once such information is known.

The new information is currently being analyzed to determine what could happen to the dam under various earthquake magnitudes, so Toketee Lake will continue to operate at the lower elevations until more information is available from the engineering analysis. Once engineers have clearly demonstrated that the dam is safe, PacifiCorp will return the reservoir to its normal operating level.

The Toketee Lake and dam are part of the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project owned and operated by PacifiCorp under a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license. PacifiCorp is proud to provide some of the finest water recreation opportunities in the Northwest at the reservoirs behind its hydroelectric dams. The company said it is very aware and is equally disappointed that lowering the water level at Toketee will cause inconvenience to boaters.

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