Friday, July 19, 2013

Lucky Peak Levels Set to Drop Monday For Drought-Stricken Irrigation

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Those looking to escape the heat at Lucky Peak are being cautioned that water levels will begin dropping a month earlier than usual, as water operations managers of the Boise River reservoir system will begin releasing water from Lucky Peak Reservoir this coming Monday, July 22, to meet the region's irrigation needs.

Reservoir elevation is expected to drop about one to two feet each day once releases begin. The early need for irrigation water is a result of drought conditions throughout the Boise River watershed, which received only about 50 to 55 percent of its normal water supply.

As water levels lower to a point where a boat ramp can't be safely used, we will close it," said Keith Hyde, Lucky Peak park manager. "While the drop in elevation will start slowly for a few days, it will soon lower the lake elevation to a level where boat ramps will be affected."

Normal reservoir elevation is 3,055 feet. The first boat ramp to be affected will be Robie Creek, when levels fall below 3,046 feet. Turner Gulch’s ramp, at 2,905 feet, will be the last to close, if at all, depending on irrigation needs and future inflows.

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