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2022.07.08 Level Forecast

The current level of Lake of the Woods is 324.10 m (1063.3 ft), over 95th percentile level for this time of year. The average lake level remained stable over the past week. The lake level is above the 2014 peak of 323.78 m (1062.29 ft) and is below the record peak since regulation began of 324.31 m (1064.0 ft), set in July of 1950. The dams in Kenora remain fully open and no additional actions can be taken to limit lake level rise.

Lake of the Woods level reached a peak within the last week and levels have remained stable since. Forecasts are indicating the possibility of higher than normal rainfall at the beginning of next week. This precipitation could see the lake level rise by up to 3 cm over the next week. If the precipitation is lower than expected, the lake may rise slightly, but then continue to decline up to 2 cm over the next week.

With these slight increases and decreases in lake level, the outflow from the lake will also slightly rise or fall. This will result in the level of the Winnipeg River between Kenora and Minaki to change by 1-2 cm (1/2 in to 1 in) over the next week, whether upward or downward depending on the rainfall. Higher level increases are possible in the event of larger local rainfall and inflows.

The current level of Lac Seul is 356.76 m (1170.5 ft), 85th percentile level for this time of year. The level of the main body of Lac Seul is expected to fall by 4-7 cm (1-3 in) over the next 7 days. Lac Seul authorized outflow is scheduled to reduce to 500 m³/s on Monday, July 11.

The following forecast for the Winnipeg River in Manitoba was provided by Manitoba Hydro.