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SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014

Grand Coulee police cite angler near dam

FISHING – A Grand Coulee man has been cited by city police for fishing in an area that’s closed to public access immediately downstream from Grand Coulee Dam. Water below the dam (flowing into the reservoir called Lake Rufus Woods) was opened to fishing last...

SUNDAY, SEPT. 8, 2013

Canoe journey spotlights plight of Columbia salmon

Episode 1: The Fish Ladder from Voyages of Rediscovery on Vimeo. RIVERS -- An expedition of canoeists and Native American students is leading an upstream effort to advocate construction of a fish ladder to reintroduce chinook salmon runs in the Columbia River above Grand Coulee...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012


Lake Roosevelt water levels holding steady

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1283.70 at 9 a.m. today (Sept. 28). The lake level is expected to remain in the 1283-1284 range through next week. These are only predictions are subject to change. Get daily lake level forecast by phone, updated...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012


Lake Roosevelt boat fueling ends Sunday

BOATING -- Lake Roosevelt's on-water fueling and minimal services will end for the season on Sunday (Sept. 30) at 5 p.m. at Keller Ferry and Seven Bays. Info: (509) 725-7229 or (509) 647-5755.

FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2012

Lake Roosevelt water levels trending higher for Labor Day

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1280.60 at 9 a.m. today following about three weeks of gradually lower levels. Over the next week, the level of Lake Roosevelt will decline slightly and is expected to be between 1278.7 – 1279.70 on Aug. 31,...

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Roosevelt headed to full pool by by July 4

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt is about 1284 on June 22. The lake is continuing to fill and spill is occurring over the drum gates at Grand Coulee Dam. The peak of the spring runoff is expected in the next two weeks. In...

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels continue upward trend

RESERVOIRS -- The elevation of Lake Roosevelt was 1254.6 feet at 10 a.m. today. The lake is continuing to fill. The predicted amount of rise is expected to be up to 1 foot a day over the next week. The level of the lake is...

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels rising for holiday weekend

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1248.90 at 9 a.m. today as the lake continues to fill. The Bureau of Reclamation predicts the levels will continue to rise up to 1 foot a day over the next week. Through the Memorial Day weekend...

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels looking up for Memorial Day

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1243.30 at 10 a.m. today as it continues to rise slowly. "The prediction calls for the level of the lake to be in the 1245-1246 range for this weekend," the Bureau of Reclamation says. "Next week the...

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Lake Roosevelt refill levels off for time being

RESERVOIRS -- After a fairly rapid rise in early May, the level of Lake Roosevelt was 1238 at 8 a.m. today and predicted to stay at fairly stable levels for a while. "Inflows have decreased over the last week, but are expected to increase slightly...

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels rising up to 2 feet a day

RESERVOIRS -- The spring runoff continues to allow operators to raise the water level of Lake Roosevelt. Over the next week, the level is predicted to rise 0.2 to 1 foot a day, the Bureau of Reclamation says. Spill through the outlet tubes on the...

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

Roosevelt levels, boat ramp access on 1 online chart

RESERVOIRS -- As the water level in Lake Roosevelt continues to rise behind Grand Coulee Dam, more boat ramps are becoming viable again and anglers are becoming more versatile. A nifty new NOAA hydrograph web page helps boaters with constantly updated information on lake levels,...

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Lake Roosevelt drawdown turns corner; levels heading up

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1231 feet this morning. The spring runoff has begun and the level of Lake Roosevelt has begun rising. Over the next week, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation predicts the level will rise 1-2 feet per day. See...

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Drawdown bares Roosevelt shores; driving not allowed

RESERVOIRS -- From all indications, the Lake Roosevelt drawdown will continue into May with a possibility of lake elevations going to 1220 feet or lower. That's grim for anglers who will see another year of fish pouring over the dam and out of the reservoir....

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels continue dropping 1.5 feet a day

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1232.5 feet at noon today and will continue declining about 1.5 feet a day through the rest of the month to reach the flood control elevation of 1220.2. The plan could change, since there's still an above-average...

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels dropping 1.5 feet a day

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1241.90 this moring and continuing to drop about 1.5 feet a day. That rate forecast to continue at least through the rest of the month to reach the flood control elevation of 1220.2. The plan could change,...

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels continue downward trend

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was about 1244 feet this morning and the Bureau of Reclamation says it will continue dropping at the rate of 1.3 - 1.5 foot per day through the rest of April. The flood control elevation for April 30...

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels continue to drop

COLUMBIA RIVER -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1259.10 this morning, as it continues to drop about a foot a day, a trend likely to continue for the next week at least. "With an increase in precipitation, the water supply forecast is increasing. As...

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels continue downward trend

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1265.10 at 11 a.m. The reservoir's elevation is expected to continue to decline over the next week. With an increase in precipitation, the water supply forecast appears to be increasing. As a result, the lake level is...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

Lake Roosevelt levels continue downward trend

RESERVOIRS -- The elevation of Lake Roosevelt is slowly going down into the 1268-1264 feet range. Lake Roosevelt is now being operated for flood control and is continuing to meet power demand, Hanford Reach flows and tailwater flows for chum below Bonneville Dam. The March...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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