The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will be lowering the water level in Alcova Reservoir as the 2018 irrigation season draws to a close, according to a news release.

The annual drawdown of the reservoir will begin on Monday, Oct. 1.

During October, the reservoir water surface elevation will be lowered about 10 feet, at a rate of approximately four inches per day.

The reservoir’s normal winter operating range is between 5,487 feet and 5,489 feet.

Water released in the drawdown of Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in the Glendo Reservoir.

Boat owners and recreationists should be aware of the declining level of Alcova Reservoir and take proper precautions.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation owns the Alcova, Gray Reef and Pathfinder reservoirs and the immediate surrounding shorelines. Thousands of fun-seekers camp, swim, picnic, rent cabin and trailer spaces, rent boat slips, and shop, drink and eat at the marinas.

The bureau has an agreement that Natrona Count can charge fees for these amenities, but only use those revenues to make improvements at the reservoirs.

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