The current level of Lake of the Woods is 322.57 m (1058.3ft), a 10th percentile level for this time of year. The average lake level rose by 4 cm (2 in) over the past week and is expected to rise by 1 to 2 cm (1 in) over the next week. Lake of the Woods authorized outflow is scheduled to increase from 90 to 100 m³/s on Monday November 22nd. The level of the Winnipeg River immediately below the Norman Dam is expected to rise by about 2 cm (1 in) in response. The level at Minaki will not be affected by this flow change.
The current level of Lac Seul is 355.93 m (1167.7 ft), a 15th percentile level for this time of year. The average lake level rose by 2 cm (1 in) over the past week and is expected to fall by 1 to 2 cm (1 in) over the next week. Lac Seul authorized outflow will increase from 150 to 225 m³/s on Friday November 19th.
Over the coming weeks, outflow from both lakes will increase to meet the anticipated winter hydropower demand. Increases are expected to be gradual and should be complete before an ice cover is formed on the rivers. Outflow increases will be announced on this Noticeboard.