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New Keller ferry interrupts boating, traffic at Lake Roosevelt

BOATING –Lake Roosevelt’s public boat launch at Crescent Bay will be closed from 5 p.m. Tuesday (July 9) through Wednesday for the debut of Washington’s newest ferry, which will transport State Route 21 traffic across the Columbia River at Keller Ferry.

Motorists must use a 60-mile detour on alternate routes from today (July 8) through Aug. 13 as ferry service on the Keller route will be temporarily suspended to upgrade the terminals and fit them to the new $9.6 million vessel called the Sanpoil. 

Boaters in the area will be able to use the launch ramp at Spring Canyon, three miles east of Grand Coulee off State Route 174, during this closure.

The Washington Department of Transportation will launch the Sanpoil, built to replace the Martha S, a six-car ferry that’s covered the mile-long route across the Columbia River north of Wilbur for 64 years. The Marha S made it's last run on Sunday.

The Sanpoil will carry 20 cars while being more efficient, officials say.

The ferry had a crew of 2 have been an important link connect ing Lincoln and Ferry counties on Highway 21..

There will be no Keller Ferry for five weeks while ramps are improved for a new ferry to be dedicated Aug. 14. 

2013 Summer Season Services

at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Daisy — marina and roadside fuel pumps, store providing snacks, beverages and ice, (509) 738-2995.

Kettle Falls Marina — houseboat rental, fuel, groceries and moorage, (509) 738-6121.

Keller Ferry and Seven Bays — fuel, groceries and seasonal moorage, with houseboat rentals available out of Seven Bays, (509) 725-7229. 

Fuel at all of the above locations is ethanol-free.

Lake Roosevelt levels heading toward full pool

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.

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 expected to rise by up to 6 inches a day.  The lake is expected to come to near the full pool elevation during the week of July 8. Full pool is 1290 feet.

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 130-mile-long lake.

Meanwhile:

Dworshak Reservoir is at full pool. In this case, it provides the best access of the year to the mini-camps the Corps of Engineers has built along the rervoir near Orofino, Idaho.

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.

Lake Roosevelt rising; nearing full pool

RIVERS — The level of Lake Roosevelt rose to an elevation of more than 1286 feet today and lake levels are expected to continue slowly rising over the next week into the 1288-1289 feet range by June 22.  Full pool is 1290 feet.

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.

Dworshak Reservoir is at full pool. In this case, it provides the best access of the year to the mini-camps the Corps of Engineers has built along the rervoir near Orofino, Idaho.

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.

Lake Roosevelt levels continue rising, but more slowly

RIVERS — The level of Lake Roosevelt had risen to elevation 1282 feet this morning and lake levels are expected to continue rising, but more slowly, over the next week into the 1283-1285 range by June 15.

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.

Watch where you camp: Lake Roosevelt levels rising, rivers drop

 

RIVERS — The level of Lake Roosevelt rose to an elevation of nearly 1,271 feet today and lake levels are expected to continue rising up to a foot a day over the next week into the 1,277 range by May 31.

Holiday weekend campers should prepare for water to rise along the lake shores.

Elsewhere in the region, the Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe rivers continue to drop after a short upward blip from the rain on Tuesday.

— 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.

Lake Roosevelt levels spike higher, rivers dropping

RIVERS — The level of Lake Roosevelt rose to an elevation of about 1264 feet today and lake levels are expected to continue rising over the next week into the 1272-1276 range.

Lake inflows began increasing a week ago as the spring runoff began from the Columbia River's headwaters (see chart).

However, note that flows of southern tributaries were already subsiding. The Coeur d'Alene River has been dropping rapidly this week (see chart).

St. Joe River flows also are plummeting (see chart).

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.

Roosevelt kokanee looks like chinook, tastes foul

FISHING — Lake Roosevelt trout and kokanee have a well deserved reputation for being excellent table fare.

That's why a fishing buddy was so surprised to prepare a bright 18-inch unmarked salmon he caught a on the reservoir and find it to be on the dog-food-tasting side of edible.

“I had a salmon fillet last night and it was horrible,” he said. “Any salmon I get in the future that has a black mouth will be returned to the water or used as eagle bait for pictures.”

Indeed, it had black on the inside of its mouth including “most” of the gum line, which suggests chinook salmon, possibly down the Spokane Arm from Lake Coeur d'Alene. On the other hand, it looked much like a kokanee for the lack of large black spots on its back and tail.

My friend took a head and fins of the fish to Washington Fish and Wildlife Department regional fisheries manager John Whalen for examination. Whalen thought they were chinook, possibly from Canada, and possibly with a genetic glitch in order to have the black gumline but no spots.

Either way, they're not the fish you want to serve to somebody you want to impress.

Roosevelt lake levels heading higher

BOATING — The level of Lake Roosevelt was at an elevation of about 1254 feet today. Lake levels are expected to begin rising over the next week into the 1260 - 1265 range.

Inflows into the lake have begun to increase as the spring runoff is beginning.

The Bureau of Reclamation predicts the spring runoff to begin this weekend, and the weather forecast for a heat wave moving in seems to confirm that.

Until the runoff begins lake levels are expected remain fairly steady.

The drawdown is not nearly as severe as last year, as the chart shows.

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

Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

Lake Roosevelt drawdown levels off as spring runoff poised to begin

BOATING — The level of Lake Roosevelt is at an elevation of about 1256 feet today, and it's expected to remain in the range of 1255.0 - 1258.5 for the next week.

The Bureau of Reclamation predicts the spring runoff to begin this weekend, and the weather forecast for a heat wave moving in seems to confirm that.

Until the runoff begins lake levels are expected remain fairly steady.

The drawdown is not nearly as severe as last year, as the chart shows.

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

Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

Lake Roosevelt water levels continue to plunge

BOATING — The level of Lake Roosevelt is at an elevation of about 1261.20 feet today, and it's continuing a steady downward trend — dropping about a foot a day now — to make room for spring runoff. 

The drawdown is not nearly as severe as last year, as the chart shows.

Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to reach the flood control elevation of 1255.5 - 1258.5 feet for later part of next week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The level is likely to stay in that range until the spring runoff kicks in, which is forecast to be around the second week in May.

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

Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

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 impact on boaters and anglers.

Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to reach the flood control elevation of 1258.5 at the end of the month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 

Lake levels are expected to decrease 1 to 1.5 feet a day and spill over the drumgates will be intermittent through the rest of the month in order to reach the flood control elevation target.

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

Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

Lake Roosevelt water levels staying high

BOATING — The level of Lake Roosevelt is dropping only slightly from its weekend summer-like elevation of 1282.0. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expects the level to remain around 1280.0 enroute to a target of 1279.9 by April 10.

The next flood control elevation target is:

  • April 30 - 1265.1 feet.

These elevations can and probably will change with the April water supply forecast scheduled for announcement the second week of April.

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

Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

Lake Roosevelt near summer level for weekend

BOATING — The level of Lake Roosevelt was at at the summer-like elevation of 1282.00  feet this morning, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expects the level to rise only slightly to1282.6 by Sunday.

The elevation likely will drop to about 1279.9 by April 10. Currently, Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to meet flood control elevations.

The current flood control elevations are as follows:

  • March 31 - 1282.6 feet
  • April 30 - 1265.1 feet

These elevations can and probably will change with the April water supply forecast scheduled for announcement the second week of April.

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

Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

New walleye rules for Lake Roosevelt, including San Poil and Spokane arms

FISHING — New fishing regulations with more liberal limits take effect Monday, April 1, on Lake Roosevelt, and the lower reaches of the San Poil and Spokane Rivers. 

Here are the details from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Action:  The daily walleye bag limit for Lake Roosevelt, the lower San Poil River, and the lower Spokane River will increase to 16 fish with no size restriction. In addition, the lower Spokane River from mouth (SR 25 Bridge) upstream to 400 feet below Little Falls Dam will open for walleye fishing April 1.

Effective Date:  April 1 at 12:01 a.m. until further notice

Species affected:  Walleye

Locations:

  • Lake Roosevelt;
  • The lower Spokane River from mouth (SR 25 Bridge) to 400 feet below Little Falls Dam; and
  • The lower San Poil River from Boundary Line A upstream to Boundary Line C (as illustrated by the map in the current WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet, or the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage

Reason for action:  In early March, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved new fishing regulations designed to increase harvest on an overabundant walleye populations in Lake Roosevelt and the lower Spokane River. Besides providing additional fishing opportunities for anglers, these changes will help to reduce walleye predation on native fish populations as well as the number of small walleye in those waters. The permanent regulations approved by the Commission will take effect May 1, 2013.

The emergency regulations will effectively initiate these changes April 1, 2013, a month sooner, to expedite the goals of the Commission's permanent rules for Lake Roosevelt and the lower Spokane River. In addition, they apply the 16-fish daily limit for walleye to the lower San Poil River, which also has an overabundance of the species.

Other information:  All other WDFW fishing regulations for Lake Roosevelt, Spokane River, and San Poil River remain in effect. 

Recreational fishing in Lake Roosevelt, and in the San Poil River between Boundary A to Boundary C, requires a Washington State freshwater license and compliance with established State fishing regulations. The Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) have established non-tribal recreational fishing regulations which differ from State regulations in this area. Be advised that anglers fishing in this area may be checked by tribal enforcement officers for a tribal license.

All waters upstream of Boundary C (above the 1310 mean sea elevation) and within the CCT Reservation boundary are under the regulatory authority of the CCT. For CCT fishing information call (509) 634-2110.

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 be in the 1279 - 1281 range through the end of the Month.

The current flood control elevations the maximum elevation targets for Lake Roosevelt are:

  • March 31 - 1282.6 feet
  • April 30 - 1265.1 feet

These elevations can and probably will change with the April water supply forecast scheduled for announcement the second week of April.

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

Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

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 meet the minimum tailwater requirement of 11.8 feet below Bonneville Dam for chum.

The flood control levels are the maximum elevation for Lake Roosevelt. Other factors such as power demand or supplying water downstream for fish can result in elevations under the flood control elevations.

The flood control elevations are as follows:

  • March 31 - 1282.3 feet
  • April 30 - 1260.8 feet

These elevations can and probably will change with the March water supply forecast.

This is only a prediction and can change due to weather events, power demand or other unforeseen power emergencies.

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

Also, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

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 week. It is antipated the elevation will be about 1274 by the end of next week, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. 

Currently, Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to meet the minimum tailwater requirement of 13.5 feet below Bonneville Dam for chum.

The flood control elevations for Lake Roosevelt have changed based on the February water supply forecast. January turned out to be a dry month and currently the forecast does not call for significant precipitation into the near future. The water inflow forecast from January - July into Lake Roosevelt is 89% of average.

The flood control levels are the maximum elevation for Lake Roosevelt. Other factors such as power demand or supplying water downstream for fish can result in elevations under the flood control elevations.

The flood control elevations are as follows:

  • Feb. 28 - 1290 feet
  • March 31 - 1282.3 feet
  • April 30 - 1260.8 feet

These elevations can and probably will change with the March water supply forecast.

This is only a prediction and can change due to weather events, power demand or other unforeseen power emergencies.

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

Also, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

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, Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to meet power demand and also the minimum tailwater requirement of 13.5 feet below Bonneville Dam for chum.

The flood control elevations for Lake Roosevelt have been issued based on the January water supply forecast. These levels are the maximum elevation for Lake Roosevelt. Other factors such as power demand can result in elevations under the flood control elevations.

The flood control elevations are as follows:

  • January 31 - 1290 feet

  • February 28 - 1290 feet

  • March 31 - 1266.4 feet

  • April 30 - 1235.7 feet

     These elevations can and probably will change with the February water supply forecast.

  • This is only a prediction and can change due to weather events, power demand or other unforeseen power emergencies.

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

    Also, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

    Superintendent named for Lake Roosevelt, Ice Age Floods parks

    PUBLIC LANDS — Dan Foster, a 20-year National Park Service employee, has been named superintendent for Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail.

    Foster is replacing Debbie Bird, who retired after serving as Lake Roosevelt superintendent since 2002.

    Foster will leave his current position as superintendent at Niobrara National Scenic River in Nebraska and report in February for his new assignment at Grand Coulee, Wash.

    Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz said Foster has experience working with neighboring communities, multiple agencies, tribal governments, military branches, and the public. 

    Foster’s National Park Service resume includes positions as a resource management specialist at Bryce Canyon National Park, and chief of resource management at Nez Perce National Historical Park and Wind Cave National Park.  He has been superintendent at Niobrara National Scenic River since 2008. 

    Prior to federal service, Foster was a wildlife biologist and geologist for the Utah Department of Natural Resources for eleven years.

    Foster received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and range management from Brigham Young University.  He and his wife Trena have three children.  Among other pursuits, Foster says he is an ardent fly fisherman.

    The parks that Foster will oversee are close in proximity, but quite different in nature.

    Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area consists largely of a portion of the reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River with relatively small land areas adjacent to the lake. It encompasses varied resources, ranging from historic Fort Spokane to numerous native fish and other wildlife, and even submerged cultural resources beneath the lake’s surface. The park was established in 1946 after the completion of the dam, and receives over a million visitors a year.

    Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail was created less than a decade ago, and highlights the significant geologic features of the massive floods that scoured the landscape of the interior Columbia Basin at the end of the last ice age. Since multiple agencies and organizations will continue to manage the lands where these features are found, the trail will provide a way to unify the story of how the larger landscape ties those features together.

    Simple rig catches Lake Roosevelt trout from shore or boat

    FISHING — Lake Roosevelt rainbows like those pictured above can be caught November-March from shore as well as from a boat by casting a bait rig. Look for a shoreline shelf under 10-15 feet of water and cast near the drop-off into deeper water.

    A proven rig cast from a spinning rod includes:

    • 8-pound monofilament line.
    • 24-30 inches of 10-pound leader (extra heavy to take a beating with fewer breakoffs) below a snap swivel and 3/8- to 1/2-ounce sliding sinker.
    • No. 2 bait hook baited with a mini-marshmallow or PowerBait and piece of nightcrawler.

    Experienced anglers have a half dozen hook-and-leader rigs ready to change onto the snap swivel if necessary so they can keep fishing when the bite is on. Keeping at least one rig in the water as a school of rainbows circulates through an area is an excellent application for the two-pole endorsement. 

    The rainbows tend to be most active for a short period in early morning and again in the afternoon, although they can be caught throughout the day and night.

    A five-fish limit of rainbow trout from Lake Roosevelt is a beauty to behold in December, when the fish released from net pens in summer have had a chance to go wild putting on length and girth.

    These are healthy, lovely and delicious fish.

    Lake Roosevelt trout a picture of perfection

    FISHING — A five-fish limit of rainbow trout from Lake Roosevelt is a beauty to behold in December, when the fish released from net pens in summer have had a chance to go wild putting on length and girth.

    These are healthy, lovely and delicious fish.

    Limits have been coming easily on most days since mid November, although Wednesday was an exception.  Anglers I fished with and interviewed had to work long, hard hours to scratch out a limit.

    Today could be a different story.

    Parasites are natural in ducks, fish; but they’re still nasty

    HUNTING/FISHING — My outdoors column this week discusses some of the disturbing parasites waterfowl hunters and anglers have discovered in the ducks and fish they've harvested in the Inland Northwest.

    They're natural; been around for a long time, and in most cases the game and fish are still safe to eat — as far as we know — as long as you cook the meat to at least 180 degrees.

    But would I eat visibly parasitized meat?  What do you think?

    • Waterfowlers: The photo above shows a mallard infested with the sarcocystis parasite, better known as “rice breast.” 
    • Fishermen: Click on the document attached to this blog post to see the pamphlet “Common Parasites and Diseases in Washington Fish,” prepared by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
    • Hunters note that the meat of rabbits, bears and cougars also must be thoroughly cooked to prevent exposure to serious diseases: tularemia and trichinosis.

    Documents:

    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 daily at 3 p.m: (800) 824-4916.

    Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

    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.

    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, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

    Over the Labor Day weekend the level of the lake will rise slightly and is predicted to be in the 1280-1281 range.

    These are only predictions are subject to change.

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

    Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.
      

    Lake Roosevelt trends to lower water levels

    BOATING — The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1284.60 at 8 a.m. today and levels will continue to gradually drop over the next week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee Dam.

    Predicted elevations by the end of next week are in the 1280-1281 range. (Full pool is 1290)

    In order to meeting court ordered Biological Opinion targets and the Lake Roosevelt Incremental Storage target, the predicted elevation for August 31 is 1279.7. These are only predictions are subject to change with changing weather conditions, high power demand or other unforeseen power emergencies. 

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

    Better yet, check out this new NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

    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 addition, increased rainfall has resulted in high inflows into Lake Roosevelt. The predicted amount of rise in lake level is anticipated to be approximately 1 foot per day over the next week. The level of the lake is expected to be 1288 by June 30. The lake is expected to continue to rise .5-.75 feet per day, reaching the full pool elevation of 1290 on July 4.

    Be cautious while recreating on Lake Roosevelt over the 4th of July holiday as the lake level will rise and a limited amount of beach will be available around the lake. Shoreline campers are advised to camp well away from the water’s edge.

    For a daily lake level forecast call 1-800-824-4916. This forecast is updated at 3 p.m. each day.