LIVERMORE -- Operators of Del Valle Regional Park have stopped accepting camping, picnicking and other recreation reservations beyond June 8 because of possible drought-related water shortages there.

Water levels at the state-operated Lake Del Valle may be too low to operate boat ramps, drinking water systems and restrooms, the East Bay Regional Park District said Tuesday.

Lake Del Valle, a popular swimming and boating reservoir, is expected to fill by mid-April, but water levels are likely to be low by early summer.

"Our goal for the very popular Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore is to try and keep the park operating through Labor Day, Sept. 1, but we may not know if this is possible until May," said Anne Scheer, the park district operations chief.

Swimming and boating at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton and Quarry Lakes in Fremont also may be affected this year, park officials said.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267 or dcuff@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.



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