Friday, July 27, 2007

Low Water Levels and Campgrounds in N MN

John O'Leary, Headwaters Operations Manager of the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, joined us on the Morning Show today to talk about the lack of rain this summer. June's rainfall amounts were 1-2 inches short of the average amount of precipitation. The Corp. has established summer operating bands for the dams at Leech Lake, Sandy Lake, Gull Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish and Pokegama.

The lake levels as of July 23rd are lower than normal -
Leech Lake/Federal Dam -4.8 inches
Sandy Lake/McGregor -4.6 inches
Gull Lake/Brainerd -3.6 inches
Lake Winnibigoshish/Deer River -2.3 inches
Pokegama/Grand Rapids -1.2 inches

In addition to tending dams which controls a watershed that covers an area of 4,535 square miles, the The Headwaters Lakes Project with the U.S Army Corp of engineers operates and maintains 6 recreation areas which include campgrounds including the Gull Lake Dam and Recreation Area near Brainerd, Minn.; Cross Lake Dam and Recreation Area in Crosslake, Minn.; Sandy Lake Dam and Recreation Area near McGregor, Minn.; Leech Lake Dam and Recreation Area in Federal Dam, Minn.; Pokegama Dam and Recreation Area in Grand Rapids, Minn.; and Winnibigoshish Dam and Recreation Area near Deer River, Minn.

Have you spent time at these recreation areas? Tell us about it!

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