Four years of drought have contributed to enough water loss in the lake to reduce the water level to only 5% of maximum capacity. "My family's sick about it," Johnston says, "It's in my back yard and for us it's a place we can get to in twenty minutes and have fun. It's a sad thing."
. A picture of Lake San Antonio at full capacity shows a stark contrast to what it looks like today. The last time it was full was in 2006. The lake closed on July 1.
. "When I first started here the lake was full and we'd have seven people working in here," said Linda Nursement, who works the entry gate to Harris Creek Campground at Lake San Antonio. Nursement and others are losing their jobs. "I'm in better shape than most people. This is just a part time job for me" she said.
. The swimming beach of Lake San Antonio is miles away from water.
. John Gajdos drops a line search of some striped bass on Lake San Antonio on June 26. "I'm a boat mechanic so all this drought's really hurting me."
. The Basham Point boat ramp no longer reaches the water of Lake San Antonio.
. The carcass of a striped bass lies near the shore of the Harris Creek boat launch on Lake San Antonio.
. Water flows from below the Lake San Antonio Dam at the rate of 5 cubic feet per second which is considered "minimum fish flow release." The lake is almost at the point of dead pool, where it is physically no longer possible to release any water at all. At that point, the San Antonio River will no longer flow below the dam.
. The "bath tub ring" of white shoreline shows what used to be the high water level of Lake San Antonio. The lake, which normally covers 18 square miles, has dropped to five.
. The lakebed of Lake San Antonio is dry as the California drought enters its fourth year.