Released On: May 07, 2014
On May 1, 2014 the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) measured the snow water content in the mountain snowpack in the Missouri River Basin upstream of Canyon Ferry Reservoir at 138 percent of median. This is comparable to the snow water content that existed in the mountains during the record water years of 1996, 1997 and 2011.
Since early March Reclamation plans were made to evacuate storage to elevation 3778-3780 by late April in preparation for the anticipated spring snowmelt. On May 4, storage in Canyon Ferry Reservoir reached a low elevation of about 3778.5. Recent warmer temperatures are now beginning to melt the low elevation mountain snow, resulting in higher inflows into Canyon Ferry. Reclamation is currently releasing about 8,400 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs) out of Canyon Ferry while inflows into the reservoir are averaging over 10,000 cfs and continuing to slowly increase. As a result, Canyon Ferry Reservoir is now slowly refilling.
Based on current conditions, Canyon Ferry Reservoir is expected to continue slowly filling to a level near elevation 3,782 feet by Memorial Day Weekend. This should allow launching of boats at the majority of the boat ramps around Canyon Ferry Reservoir. However, due to the lower reservoir levels, Reclamation encourages boaters to be cautious of actual boat launching conditions at all sites. Additional information on safe boat launching elevations is available at our website at http://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html.
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