Lake of the Woods is only 0.23 m away from breaking the record level set in 1950, the LWCB says “no additional actions can be taken to limit lake level rise.”
The Lake of the Woods Control Board (LWCB) shared on June 20, 2022, that the current level of Lake of the Woods is 324.08 m (1063.2 ft), over the 95th percentile level for this time of the year.
The average lake level rose by 5.5 cm (2 in) over the past week.
According to the LWCB, the Lake of the Woods level has risen above the 2014 peak of 323.78 m (1062.29 ft) and is quickly approaching this 1950 record level of 324.31 m (1064.0 ft).
The LWCB says that the lake level is expected to continue to rise over the coming days as the region is expected to receive severe precipitation.
As the lake level continues to rise, the outflow from the lake will continue to gradually rise. The Winnipeg River level rise over the next 7 days below Norman Dam is expected to be 5-7 cm (2-3 in) with less rise further downstream from Kenora, of up to 2.5 cm (1 in) at Minaki.
The current level of Lac Seul is 356.85 m (1170.7 ft), over the 95th percentile level for this time of year. Lac Seul inflow continues to decline steadily. The resulting rise in lake level was 3 cm (1 in) over the past week and the lake may be near a peak. Lac Seul authorized outflow is 800 m³/s with no changes currently scheduled.