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For Labor Day Campers, Best Lake Levels in 11 Years

With good lake levels dispersing visitors, and smoke levels improving, Labor Day weekend is shaping up in northern California.

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Longtime San Francisco Chronicle outdoors columnist Tom Stienstra has good news for people still looking for a place to camp for Labor Day weekend: Several factors will likely keep crowds reasonable and conditions prime. Many campsites still have availability, and the fishing has been good—but you should still book ASAP anyway.