Lake of the Woods Control Board update - Jan. 30/2020:
Potentially dangerous river conditions exist along the Winnipeg River and English River due to high winter flows.
Due to high flows expected throughout the winter, swift currents may make areas along the English and Winnipeg rivers unsafe, including some areas that normally have reliable ice cover. There will also be areas of Lake of the Woods where much higher currents than normal may affect ice stability. The Board urges caution when on or near these waters over the winter.
The current level of Lake of the Woods is 322.73 m (1058.8 ft), a 55th percentile level for this time of year. The level of Lake of the Woods declined by 5 cm (2 in) over the past week and is expected to decline by 4.5 cm (1.5 in) over the next week.
Lake of the Woods outflow is approximately 650 m³/s, with no changes scheduled for the next week.
The current level of Lac Seul is 356.0 m (1168.2 ft), an 85th percentile level for this time of year. The average lake level declined by 8 cm (3 in) over the past week and is expected to decline by 7.5 to 9 cm (3 in) over the next week.
Lac Seul authorized outflow will increase from 450 to 475 m³/s on Monday, February 3.