Reclamation to Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 01, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Thursday, December 1, at approximately 10:00 a.m. to meet fish protection requirements per the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion. The gates will remain closed until further notice.

The Delta Cross Channel Gates (DCCG) control the diversion channel on the Sacramento River about 30 miles south of Sacramento that diverts water from the river into a branch of the Mokelumne River. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River.

Boaters are advised to continue to check the status of the gates to avoid problems in moving through the DCCG.

Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-0268. For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TYY 916-978-5608).

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Relevant Link:

Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Website