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Leech Lake Water Level

  • ricelake5
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    #2054242

    Been hearing that Leech water level is way down. I heard approx 3ft down. Anyone verify that? Heading there on the 21st.

    Pat McSharry
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    Saint Michael, MN
    Posts: 713
    #2054251

    I was just there and set my chart offset to 2′ down. That seemed accurate to me.

    Brad Dimond
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    #2054254

    A buddy was up July 31 -August 6. He told me that the water was down two feet.

    ?????
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    #2054265

    I live on a lake attached to the flowage Can hardly get the boat off the li

    Jim Stoeckel
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    Above the clouds.
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    #2054271

    Apparently two feet in lake height change is in the eyes of the one measuring. Yes, the lake is low, but I will argue it’s NOT two feet low, unless you measure from the peak height. I spend 120+ days a year up there. This image is from the USGS Federal Dam site dated January 1, 2019 to current. This video was taken last weekend on Pine Point. At least this boat helped “dredge” to make it deeper for the rest of us. I’d call it closer to 8-12 inches below normal for this time of year.

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    Pat McSharry
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    Saint Michael, MN
    Posts: 713
    #2054298

    Yeah I didn’t do anything scientific, I just needed to change the offset on my lakemaster map by 2′ for things to match up with what I was seeing on the sonar.

    Lou W
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    #2054301

    According to the scum line on my lift it’s down about a foot

    ?????
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    #2054314

    I have lived here 25+ years

    Jim Stoeckel
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    Above the clouds.
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    #2054327

    If it’s down 2 feet, my permanent dock would normally almost be in the water. Zoom in on the wall by the boat ramp. Does the permanent water line look like 2 feet above the water level? If that’s 2 feet, then the docks must be about 5-6 feet above the water. I’ll be the first to admit that my memory isn’t always correct. I am confident I’ve never stepped up into my boat from my dock. At most, it’s been a level step to the rear deck in the spring of 2019. Leech was abnormally high that spring due to significant snowfall from winter. This pic was on August 7, 2021. This pic IS Leech Lake.

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    bobberal
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    St Cloud MN, Leech Lake
    Posts: 416
    #2054424

    I keep a close eye on the water level too and it has dropped about 16″ from the normal high after the spring thaw this year, which I always see the about Mid May. This lake fluctuates all summer, but this summer it has not, it has just gone down. I was just at the lake association meeting and the army corps was there and there is a story that is very interesting on how they manage the damn. Learned a lot.

    One thing for sure, even with the level low, the fish are still on the bottom!

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