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Lake San Antonio will reopen Easter weekend

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Winter storms have helped Lake San Antonio reach half its capacity and that means it will soon re-open.

Due to the drought, Lake San Antonio closed its campsite and boating ramp in 2015, but after being closed on and off for the past two years, the lake will soon have a soft opening.

Monday morning, Marvin Amery came out to Lake San Antonio to see if it had finally opened up.

"It's disappointed so many people being closed and the people have been fighting to get them to open it back up," said Amery.

Last year, Lake San Antonio dipped below 5 percent of its capacity.

Today, the lake stands at 51 percent capacity, leaving those who used to fish, boat or camp here wondering when they can return.

"You know, because people like to come here. I mean, you don't have to have water to camp. A lot of people just don't have a place to camp,” added Amery.

South Shore of the lake is set to open Easter weekend, while North Shore will reopen Memorial Day weekend for the Lightning in a Bottle event. The marina will remain closed.

John Guertin, with Monterey County Resource Management, said they are considering adding a speed limit on the lake because of debris from the Chimney Fire.

"There is some debris related to the fire but then also related to the drought with trees dropping their branches, so now with these big rains, everything that's been accumulating over the last few years all washed into Lake San Antonio,” said Guertin.

Lake officials are also looking forward to the return of the Wildflower Triathlon next year.

The California Parks Company will be having a job fair March 22 at the Lake Nacimiento Administrative Building to staff up for the summer.

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