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Drought takes toll on boating at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - The drought is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

Larry Boerner says his paddlewheeler Tahoe Gal can offer sightseeing cruises when the lake is a foot below its natural rim, but operations would prove difficult if water levels fall beyond that.

Tahoe's water level stood at 6,223.98 feet above sea level as of Tuesday, just above its natural rim of 6,223 feet.

Owners of the Truckee River Rafting Co. and IRIE Rafting Co. told the Tahoe Daily Tribune low Truckee flows won't allow rafting in August, one of their most profitable months.

Starting Monday, the Sand Harbor boat ramp on Tahoe's northeast shore also will be closed for the rest of the season due to low water levels. The ramp usually stays open year-round.