Return to Normal Operations on Namakan Lake
On July 18, 2014 the Water Levels Committee of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board directed the dam operators on Namakan Lake to target the Upper Rule Curve rather than the middle portion of the Rule Curve band. This step was taken to help increase the rate of decline of Rainy Lake. As of Wednesday August 20, the average level of Rainy Lake returned to the middle portion of the Rule Curve band. Now that Rainy Lake has returned to normal levels, the dam operators have been directed to resume normal operations on Namakan Lake. Water levels will be maintained at the middle portion of the Rule Curve bands for both lakes.
Levels on Rainy Lake peaked on July 1 at 338.74 m (1111.35 ft), the highest level since 1950, and returned to the Rule Curve band on August 12. Levels on Namakan Lake peaked on June 18 at 341.55 m (1120.57 ft), the highest level since 1968, and returned to the Rule Curve band on July 21.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Matt DeWolfe, 1-800-661-5922 ex. 3