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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Lake Roosevelt water level close to full pool

WATERSPORTS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1287.70 feet above sea level today and is expected to remain in the range of 1286 - 1288 for the next week, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reports. Spill may occur intermittently. Full pool behind Grand Coulee...

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

Lake Roosevelt water levels heading up

BOATING -- Spring runoff has kicked into gear in the Columbia Basin, reversing the drawdown at Lake Roosevelt. The water level behind Grand Coulee Dam is going up. "We are beginning refill of the lake," said Lynne Brougher of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The...

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014

Goodbye fish: Roosevelt levels plunging to elevation 1231 feet

FISHING/BOATING -- Lake Roosevelt’s water elevation will be down to 1231 feet by Sunday to make room for heavy runoff expected in May, the Bureau of Reclamation reports today. There have been worse years for spring drawdowns at Lake Roosevelt in the past decade, but...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

Lake Roosevelt levels holding, but deep drawdown forecast

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt is near the elevation of 1,272 feet today, March 12, and lake levels are expected to remain between 1,270-1,273 for the next week., according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. However, a significant drawdown is expected based on...

TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

Lake Roosevelt levels holding fairly stable

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...

THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

Minor fluctuations in Roosevelt levels expected

BOATING -- The elevation of Lake Roosevelt was 1278 feet Wednesday and is expected to range from 1270 to 1278 through mid-February as the dam operates primarily for providing power, the Bureau of Reclamation reports. Although local snowpacks are thin, the status of the Columbia...

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

Lake Roosevelt levels declining slightly

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt had peaked and was at elevation 1287.50 feet this morning. The lake levels are expected to continue slowly decreasing over the next week into the 1285-1286 feet range by July 3. Over the holiday weekend, lake levels are...

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

Spring drawdown begins at Lake Roosevelt

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt is about 1274 feet today, and it's begun a steady downward trend to make room for spring runoff. But Columbia River dam operators don't expect the drawdown to be nearly as severe as in recent years, having less...

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013

Lake Roosevelt water levels staying high

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt is about 1280.60 feet, and it's trending up almost to summer-like levels with little beach showing on the shorelines.. The elevation of Lake Roosevelt is expected to rise over the next week. It is antipated the elevation will...

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013

Lake Roosevelt water levels to be steady

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1275 today and likely will be stable for a while. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation antipates the elevation will be in the 1275 -1276 range through the next week. Currently, Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to...

TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2013

Roosevelt lake levels on downward trend

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1278.4 feet today in a drop that was predicted to be around 1 foot in a 24 hour period. The elevation of Lake Roosevelt is expected to drop by about 1/2 foot per day over the next...

FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013

Lake Roosevelt water levels temporarily rising

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,...

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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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