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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Lake Roosevelt drawdown

From staff reports

To accommodate the big Columbia River runoff to come, Lake Roosevelt has been drawn down to elevation 1,221 feet, below all the boat ramps on the 125-mile long reservoir.

This doesn’t happen often, which is good because massive drawdowns inhibit fish access to tributaries and flush trout and kokanee downstream through Grand Coulee Dam.

The level is set to begin climbing soon.

Worse drawdowns have been recorded.

The minimum drawdown level is 1,208. Full pool is 1,290.

The last time the lake elevation reached 1,208 was in 1997.