Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Current Status

Last Updated: February 7, 2023

As of February 6, 2023 (end of day), Flaming Gorge Reservoir pool elevation is 6006.93 feet, which amounts to 68 percent of live storage capacity. Unregulated inflow volume for the month of January is approximately 38,000 acre-feet (af), which is 94 percent of the average January unregulated inflow volume. The current average daily release is 1,760 cfs.

Pursuant to the 2022 Plan, which was just approved by the Upper Division States, the Upper Colorado River Commission, and the Department of the Interior, an additional 500 thousand acre-feet (kaf) will be delivered from Flaming Gorge Reservoir from May 2022 through April 2023 to Lake Powell. This volume will be added to the spring periods by increasing the Larval Trigger Study Plan (LTSP) releases to 8600 cfs for 7 days, a 3-day smallmouth bass flow spike (mid-late July, possibly earlier), as well as the summer-winter base flow period. Under a Drought Contingency Plan adopted in 2022, the total release volume at end of day (2/6) is ~421 kaf. The total release volume under this same plan in WY2022 is 193 kaf and CY2022 is 354 kaf.

The observed 2022 April through July unregulated inflow volume into Flaming Gorge Reservoir is 552,000 acre-feet (57% of average), a moderately dry hydrologic classification. Due to spring flows being greater than 14,000 cfs for more than 4 days in Reach 2, per the 2022 Plan, an average hydrologic operation was conducted for summer, autumn, and winter base flow.

The February forecast for unregulated inflows into Flaming Gorge for the next three months projects slightly below average. February, March, and April forecasted unregulated inflow volumes amount to 38,000 af (84 percent of average), 100,000 af (94 percent of average), and 120,000 af (96 percent of average), respectively.

To view the most current reservoir elevation, content, inflow and release, click on: Flaming Gorge Reservoir Data.


Working Group Meetings

The Flaming Gorge Working Group is an open public forum for information exchange between Reclamation and the stakeholders of Flaming Gorge Dam. The public is encouraged to attend and comment on the operations and plans presented by Reclamation at these meetings. Meeting notes from past Working Group meetings are posted on the Working Group webpage. For more information on this group and these meetings please contact Dale Hamilton at 801-379-1186.

Reclamation is planning to hold Flaming Gorge Working Group meetings in March and April similar to the last couple of years. The March meeting will be held on March 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Uintah Conference Center Vernal, Utah (313 E 200 S, Vernal, Utah) and will be held virtually. The April meeting will be held on April 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Carbon County Event Center Price, UT (450 S Fairgrounds Way, Price, Utah) and will be held virtually.

Past working group meeting summaries can be accessed on the Working Group pages.


Contact

Please contact the Operations Group via e-mail at ResourceMgr@usbr.gov for additional information.

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Last Updated: 1/23/23