Spring drawdown begins at Lake Roosevelt

Lake Roosevelt water level chart, April 15, 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)
Lake Roosevelt water level chart, April 15, 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

BOATING — The level of Lake Roosevelt is about 1274 feet today, and it's begun a steady downward trend to make room for spring runoff.  But Columbia River dam operators don't expect the drawdown to be nearly as severe as in recent years, having less impact on boaters and anglers.

Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to reach the flood control elevation of 1258.5 at the end of the month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 

Lake levels are expected to decrease 1 to 1.5 feet a day and spill over the drumgates will be intermittent through the rest of the month in order to reach the flood control elevation target.

Get daily lake level forecast by phone, updated daily at 3 p.m: (800) 824-4916.

Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

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