Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin

Media Contact: Tyler Johnson, (406) 247-7609, tjohnson@usbr.gov

For Release: February 09, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's January forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows:

  • Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,654,300 af, which is 151 percent of the 30 year average of 1,093,400 af.
  • Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River, April through July, inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 900,000 acre-feet (af), which is 133 percent of the 30 year average of 677,200 af.
  • Boysen Reservoir - Wind River, April through July, inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 850,000 af, which is 157 percent of the 30 year average of 540,000 af.
  • Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 180,000 af, which is 132 percent of the 30 year average of 136,000 af.
  • Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 500,000 af, which is 126 percent of the 30 year average of 398,100 af.

For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298.

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