I have archived the February 2020 Water Level Chart (at left). The lake level was pretty sedate for most of the month, falling slowly and steadily from a high of -1.09 feet at the beginning of the month to a low of -1.52 feet on the 27th. On that date we received an inch of rain which melted a good deal of our snow pack and brought the lake up almost half a foot by the end of the month.
That last rain event brought our monthly precipitation total to 3.19 inches, 0.58 inches more than the February average of 2.61 inches. For the year to date we’re already 0.39 inches above average. The dam’s control structures (weir and gate) remained unchanged for the whole month with the gate open about 4″ and no stop logs in the weir. Minimum flows will rise from the current 11.3 cfs to 35.9 cfs on March 15th at which time we’ll open the gate some more to provide the increased outflows, and will probably start adding stop logs to the weir to start raising the lake level to normal spring levels.
Ice Out Contest
Want to make an ice-out prediction? Pick the right date, win a tee shirt! Here’s a Google Form you can use to submit your guess. Sure you can submit more than one guess, but that would be cheating, right? FYI check out our Ice In and Ice Out page for historical dates back to 2001.