Lacamas Lake drawdown begins; lake clean-up Sept. 30

The city of Camas’ annual drawdown of Lacamas Lake began this week on Monday, Sept. 11.

Throughout the next few weeks, the City will reduce the total level of Lacamas Lake by approximately six feet, with the minimum level being reached by the approximate date of Monday, Sept. 25, to achieve the level needed to facilitate dam inspections and repairs.

Once inspections and repairs have taken place, the process to refill the lake to normal levels is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 25. Officials expect the refilling process to take several weeks, depending on rainfall volumes.

The Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington, in partnership with the city of Camas and the Camas Ivy League, will hold a clean-up and ivy pull event along the shores of Lacamas Lake, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30.

Volunteers interested in joining the litter clean-up or ivy pull should meet at Heritage Park, 303 N.W. Lake Road, between 9 a.m. and noon, Sept. 30, and should wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Volunteers also should bring their own snacks and water. Tools and gloves will be provided.

All ages are welcome, but those younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Prior registration is required, and every adult volunteer must fill out a separate registration. For more information, or to register for the Sept. 30 event, visit