How is the lake level and launching conditions? The lake level has come up a couple of feet from the recent storms. Cholla Ramp is closed, but they are launching boats easily at the dirt ramp located by the ranger station. The ramp has a pretty good hard-pack, able to launch pontoons easily, and can launch up to two boats at a time.
What is the status with the dam? Per Larry, what he know is that it appears the gates on the dam are working, and he is not aware of any other repairs planned on the dam, but with several government agencies having jurisdiction within the lake, things can change.
Why is the water so low? Lack of rain, primarily. In addition, a couple of years back, it was mandated that there be a constant 25 cfs release from Alamo in order to meet water needs for ranchers behind the dam.
How is the fishing? Depends much on the same conditions that affect our other lakes; weather, water flows into the lake, but overall it sounds pretty good. There are still tournaments being held at the lake.
Is it safe boating? There is a restriction against water skiing (yeah!), but other than that nothing unusual. As many of you know, there are a lot of submerged trees in the river end of the lake, so caution must be exercised when travelling in that area.