Rain is helping water levels on Lake of the Woods. Engineers say levels are about three inches lower than average for this time of year.
Some more rain over the weekend may help reduce the gap. Boaters in the watershed should check their charts, before heading out.
As of Thursday, Lake of the Woods Control Board said the level of Lake of the Woods was 322.7 m or 1,058.7 ft., a 20th percentile level for this time of year. The average lake level rose by 2 cm or 1 in. over the past week, and it is expected to rise by 2 to 8 cm or 1 in. to 3 in. over the next week.
At the time, the Lake of the Woods authorized outflow was 175 m³/s. In the north end of the watershed, the level of Lac Seul was 355.64 m or 1,166.8 ft., a 30th percentile level for this time of year. Engineers at the control board said the average lake level rose by 8 cm or 3 in. over the past week, and it is expected to rise by 3 to 8 cm or 1 to 3 in. over the next week.
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