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2007 Canyon Lake Arizona Drawdown for Dam Maintenance

 

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View from the Canyon Lake Vista on Highway 88 at the west end of the lake during the previously completed 2007 maintenance drawdown.
View of the marina in its temporary location. The entire lower-left portion of this photo used to be underwater. The former waterline is clearly visible where the vegetation stops.
This is the view from the first single-lane bridge at the west end of Canyon Lake by First Water Creek.
These before and after views show Canyon Lake from an area near the First Water Creek bridge.
This photo was taken at the second single lane bridge near the restaurant and marina. It shows the popular La Barge Cove picnic and fishing area. Note the dock in the center of the photo.
These before and after views look toward the marina and restaurant area from the second bridge at the east end of Canyon Lake by La Barge Cove.
These before and after views show the location at the east end of Canyon Lake where the Dolly Steamboat is docked between cruises.
This photo looks east from the patio of the Lakeside Restaurant and Cantina.
These before and after views show the western view of Canyon Lake from the patio of the Lakeside Restaurant and Cantina.
This west-looking shot highlights the low water level in the lake. There is a small wrecked boat in the lower-left corner.
During the Canyon Lake drawdown, treasure hunters with metal detectors were awarded numerous discoveries in the dry areas of the lakebed. Notable finds in the bowels of Canyon Lake included a car, a jeep, three jet-skis, and numerous small boats.
This view of Canyon Lake is from the east end along Highway 88 on the way to Tortilla Flat. The metamorphosis of Canyon Lake during the drawdown was certainly something to be experienced in person.  It will be at least 20 years before we see this again.