West Magic, Idaho - ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Magic Reservoir is having a pretty bleak season as far as water is concerned. The popular recreation area is at only three percent of its normal water holding capacity.
From a distance, it looks like Magic Reservoir really has no water left at all. Last year, they drained the reservoir to make repairs to a hydraulic break. This year, they didn’t get the snow they needed to bring water levels back to normal.
“The Camas Prairie gets a lot of snow and that goes for miles out to Cat Creek Summit. In the spring, that snow initially melts off and that’s where we fill the reservoir from,” said Don Hartman, owner of West Magic Resort.
Even though water levels have not reached the high water point in the last four years, there’s still plenty of water for boats and the fishing is quite good.
“As far as I know, it’s mostly trout in here. So, there have been a lot of boats out this morning. Trolling and fishing,” said Barney Glavin, Ketchum resident.
Magic Reservoir not only depends on high snow levels to keep it full. “It all depends on the people down South that own the water shares for irrigation. If it rains down South, they have no need for it, and they won’t take the water, which helps us up here,” said Hartman.
The small number of post office boxes shows about how many residents live in West Magic year round. Local business is only as good as the amount of water in the reservoir.