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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014, 11:28 A.M.

Lake Roosevelt continues to fill; watch for debris

Lake Roosevelt Levels are rising in May. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)
Lake Roosevelt Levels are rising in May. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

BOATING -- Columbia River runoff is pouring into Lake Roosevelt,raising water levels and bringing more boat launches into operation.

Boaters must be aware that rising water levels pick up logs and debris on the shoreline and cast it afloat where it can be a hazard to boats.

The level, which had been drawn down to an elevation of 1231 feet this month to accommodate the runoff, has now risen to 1248 feet. 

"The spring runoff continues and the level of Lake Roosevelt is expected to rise between 1-2 feet per day," said Lynne Brougher of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  "The end of May target elevation is expected to be 1267.8 feet above sea level.  During the spring runoff, expect rapid rates of refill at times."

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

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

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