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Lake Roosevelt levels holding fairly stable

Lake Roosevelt water levels as of Feb. 12, 2014.
Lake Roosevelt water levels as of Feb. 12, 2014.

RIVERS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt  near the elevation of 1,273 feet today and lake levels are expected to remain between 1,271-1,273 this week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to meet power demand and the minimum tail water requirement of 11.5 feet below Bonneville Dam for chum and the 65 kcfs minimum Hanford Reach protection flows below Priest Rapids Dam.

The February Water Supply Forecasts indicated that Lake Roosevelt's inflow potential is 82% of average. The forecast for the Dalles is 83% of average.  Due to a relatively dry January, flood control elevations have risen since last month.

The following are flood control elevations for Lake Roosevelt:

  • January 31 - 1290 feet
  • February 31 - 1290 feet
  • March 31 – 1283.3 feet
  • April 31 – 1282.7 feet

The next Water Supply Forecast will be updated the week of March 10 and flood control elevations are expected to change.  February has seen an increase in precipitation and it is expected the March forecast will reflect this change. 

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
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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