TILLMOOK, Ore. – Cape Meares Lake is being lowered to facilitate repairs to a dam in the southeast corner of the lake.
Cape Meares Lake is located approximately seven miles northwest of Tillamook and is a popular fishery for trout, bass, and surplus hatchery steelhead.
ODFW recently began lowering the lake. The lake will continue to drop until it stabilizes at a point where the dam repair work area can be isolated. Repairs are scheduled to begin in late summer. The intention is to draw down the lake the minimum amount necessary to accomplish the work site isolation, although it is unknown how low that may be, according to Robert Bradley, ODFW district fish biologist.
Anglers and boaters will likely experience reduced access to the boat ramp, reduced shoreline and surface area until the project is completed in the fall.