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Lake Roosevelt water levels temporarily rising

Lake Roosevelt water levels, Feb. 1, 2013. (Bureau of Reclamation)
Lake Roosevelt water levels, Feb. 1, 2013. (Bureau of Reclamation)

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1274.85 at midnight last night and is expected to 
slowly rise over the next week.

The Bureau of Reclamation anticipates the elevation for the end of next week will be in the 1277 - 1279 range.

Currently, Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to meet power demand and also the minimum tailwater requirement of 13.5 feet below Bonneville Dam for chum.

The flood control elevations for Lake Roosevelt have been issued based on the January water supply forecast. These levels are the maximum elevation for Lake Roosevelt. Other factors such as power demand can result in elevations under the flood control elevations.

The flood control elevations are as follows:

  • January 31 - 1290 feet

  • February 28 - 1290 feet

  • March 31 - 1266.4 feet

  • April 30 - 1235.7 feet

     These elevations can and probably will change with the February water supply forecast.

  • This is only a prediction and can change due to weather events, power demand or other unforeseen power emergencies.

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

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

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