It's official now. Vail Lake will close at the end of the month and will not reopen in January. For most of the year there has been no boat launching because of the low water, but it was still open to shore and tube fishermen. When the lake was bought by Rancho Water a couple of years ago, most us assumed then that recreation would take a back seat, and that turned out to be true. With the lake already low last fall (2015), the water district decided to take about 40% of the remaining water to recharge underground storage. Another drought year and here we are. With it closing now and with the management company no longer in place, don't count on it reopening any time soon.