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Lake Roosevelt water levels continue to plunge

Lake Roosevelt lake levels, April 26, 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)
Lake Roosevelt lake levels, April 26, 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

BOATING — The level of Lake Roosevelt is at an elevation of about 1261.20 feet today, and it's continuing a steady downward trend -- dropping about a foot a day now -- to make room for spring runoff. 

The drawdown is not nearly as severe as last year, as the chart shows.

Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to reach the flood control elevation of 1255.5 - 1258.5 feet for later part of next week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The level is likely to stay in that range until the spring runoff kicks in, which is forecast to be around the second week in May.

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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