A dry fall and winter have resulted in moderate drought for Lake of the Woods both on the Canadian and American sides of the lake.

The Lake of the Woods Control Board site low inflow since last summer and a very light snowpack, noting that this past winter saw the second-lowest snowfall in 118 years, as contributing factors to the moderate drought.

Today’s mean lake level, based on four locations around the lake, is only 7.5cm (3 in) lower than the average level for the third week of March, according to the control board.

The board's short-term regulation approach heading into spring is to slowly begin refilling the lake while remaining vigilant towards the possibility of heavy spring rainfall that could result in high water conditions.