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FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013, 1:22 P.M.

Lake Roosevelt levels heading toward full pool

Lake Roosevelt water levels, July 5, 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)
Lake Roosevelt water levels, July 5, 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

RIVERS -- While Dworshak Reservoir levels are being lowered for the sake of downstream salmon, Lake Roosevelt levels are increasing this week along the Columbia River behind Grand Coulee Dam.

The level of Lake Roosevelt was at elevation 1287 feet today and lake levels are expected to continue slowly rising over the next week and reach the full pool elevation of 1290 by July 13.

After reaching 1290, the Bureau of Reclamation predicts the lake level will remain in the 1288-1290 range for the week of July 14

High levels at Lake Roosevelt reduce the beach area available for camping and picnicking. Levels drop in August for hydropower needs and providing flows for Columbia River salmon. This exposes more beaches making August prime time for campers on the 145-mile-long lake.

Get links to river flows in this region at The Spokesman-Review Outdoors topics page.

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

Check out this NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

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Rich Landers
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