Lake Where Naya Rivera Drowned Reopens for First Time Since Death

Lake Where Naya Rivera Drowned Reopens for First Time Since Death

The SoCal lake where Naya Rivera was found dead after drowning is open to the public again, but her tragedy is having an impact on operations there.

TMZ’s learned Lake Piru reopened Thursday, 43 days after the “Glee” star went out for a day of boating and swimming with her son. The man-made reservoir had been off-limits since Naya went missing. After authorities recovered her body, the lake remained closed as the COVID-19 pandemic intensified in L.A. County.

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Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

Now that the public can return there are restrictions. For starters, swimming is absolutely banned. Lake officials say that’s due to COVID-19, but locals tell us they believe the ban is really about Naya’s drowning. When she went missing many locals were critical because there had been 8 previous drownings there since 1994.

As we reported … more than 12,000 people signed a petition demanding more effective warnings to swimmers about debris under the water’s surface.

As for boating on the lake … that’s back in full swing, along with picnicking, hiking and fishing

Then there’s this … the pontoon Naya rented on the night she went missing has been taken out of the fleet and it’s been placed in storage.

Remember … locals had reason to be concerned. Naya’s drowning is the 9th death at Lake Piru since 1994.