It is getting near the time of the year when Apple Valley will begin raising the water level by closing the valve on the dam.  The planned date to close the dam is February 15th but this date is subject to change if the lake is still frozen at this time.  We are often asked how long it takes for the lake to be entirely full and the answer is that it depends on the amount of snow that is on the ground when they close the dam and also the amount of rain we get in the spring.  I love this time of year because once they start raising the water level I get the itch to do some boating...  Spring is just around the corner.