The Metropolitan Water District has announced the launch ramp will reopen for boaters on May 18th, 2016. The ramp has been closed due to low water since April 16th, 2015.
MWD has been pumping water back into the lake since late March, and they project the lake to reach a sufficient level to allow safe boat launching by the middle of May. While the lake has been closed to boating, Metropolitan extended the middle 3 lanes of the 11 lane camp an additional 50 feet, which now leaves it an astounding 790 feet long.
The reopening of DVL for private boats will be a highly anticipated event, and large crowds are expected for it. In order to expedite the launching procedure during that time, the lake will allow boaters to submit their boats for a quagga mussel inspection and registration on the weekends of May 7th and 8th, and 14th and 15th between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm. Inspections will also be available at DVL’s sister lake – Lake Skinner, but boats that launch on Skinner will have to be dry for seven consecutive days prior to launching at DVL.
Among those excitedly awaiting the reopening of Diamond Valley is the tremendous local fishing guide Art Hill, who operates Diamond Valley Guide Service. Hill also runs trips in San Diego, but he’ll be happy to have DVL, an often requested trip venue, back on the menu. If you’re not a boat owner, or even if you are, and just want to have an experienced guide show you the ropes on Southern California’s largest and most popular reservoir, give Art a call at (951)265-9551 to book a trip.
For more information on Diamond Valley Lake, and the reopening of the launch lanes or to make a reservation, call the marina office at (951)926-7201.