Lake Washington water levels coming back up

Discussion in 'West Coast' started by GnrlPatton, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Member GOLD Sponsor

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  2. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

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    I grew up a few blocks from parkshore and my parents kept their boat there. Rainier Yacht Club Members 60's through 90's. Remembering the lake swinging high to low to high, etc.
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
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    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
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    How much of the snowfall that lands on the west side of the mountains feeds into Lake Washington when it thaws? Could the heavy snowfalls we've seen in the Cascades present any flooding problems?
     
  4. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Nice, Ive been a member at RYC for several years now, fun club. Are you still in the area?
     
  5. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Member GOLD Sponsor

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    I think a good majority of the snowpack melt eventually ends up in Lake Washington. Some will go through intermediate lakes like Sammamish and others, but it all eventually drains there I believe. Between the snowpack and heavy rains during winter, the Army Corps of Engineers lowers the lake level to be able to handle any extra amounts without flooding. The danger comes when we don't have a huge snowpack, and they don't have enough runoff to refill the lake in the spring. That's been the case the last 2 years, and the lock usage was severely limited because of it. Not so much this year, given the amount of snow in the Cascades and now with the rainfall, we'll have plenty I think!

    Kevin
     

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