Over the past week, rainfall was above normal for early October for most of the Winnipeg River basin. This resulted in a modest increase in stream flows in most areas and in inflow to the major lakes. Flows remain seasonally low in most areas, however, as the long-term drought conditions remain in place.
The current level of Lake of the Woods is 322.52 m (1058.1 ft), a 5th percentile level for this time of year. The lake level rose by 5 cm (2 in) over the past week, and is expected to rise by 1-2 cm (1 in) over the next week. Lake of the Woods authorized outflow is 90 m³/s.
The current level of Lac Seul is 355.75 m (1167.1 ft), a 5th percentile level for this time of year. The lake level rose by 8 cm (3 in) over the past week, and is expected to rise by 3-5 cm (1-2 in ) over the next week. Lac Seul authorized outflow is 75 m³/s.