Sumner Lake remains closed to boating until at least June 14

CNJ staff

State Park officials will make a determination on opening Sumner Lake to boating following the June 14 Carlsbad Irrigation District Board meeting.

Sumner Lake was closed to all watercraft use May 27 after laboratory test results found indications of aquatic invasive species. Personnel from State Parks and Game and Fish decontaminated 18 boats and three personal watercraft after the closure went into effect.

Water releases planned by the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers related to interstate water delivery obligations and Endangered Species Act commitments could drop water levels below the elevation of boating ramps.

Officials stress that the state park is still open for camping, hiking, swimming, bank fishing and other activities.

Anglers are asked to drain and dry all bait buckets and other equipment that may carry Sumner Lake water to other locations.