Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Current Status

Last Updated: September 12, 2022

As of September 7, 2022, Flaming Gorge Reservoir pool elevation is 6014.35 feet, which amounts to 74 percent of live storage capacity. Unregulated inflow volume for the month of August is approximately 58,000 acre-feet (af), which is 66 percent of the average August June unregulated inflow volume. The current average daily release is 1,940 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, increasing base flow average daily releases to about 1,850 cfs.

The observed 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 September forecast for unregulated inflows into Flaming Gorge for the next three months projects below average conditions. September, October, and November forecasted unregulated inflow volumes amount to 35,000 af (54 percent of average), 44,000 af (64 percent of average), and 42,000 af (63 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 the next Flaming Gorge Working Group meetings on March 16, 2023 and April 20, 2023 at 10:00 am location TBD.

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: 5/20/21