Boat owners, get ready to start your engines. Lake Tapps is full again.
With the annual refill now complete, the East Pierce lake has risen to an approximate level of 541.6 feet, according to Cascade Water Alliance, the regional consortium of water users that owns the lake.
The alliance said Tuesday that lake levels will rise another foot or two in mid to late-April, then settle back down to an approximate elevation of 542.5 feet for the remainder of the recreation season.
Lake Tapps dropped to its low point of 534 feet in late January and early February; public officials and private property owners used that opportunity to work on bulkheads and other repair projects.
The 4.5-square-mile reservoir is highly popular among boaters during the summer months. Pierce County Sheriff’s water patrols run from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.