Water conditions as of 8:00 am Friday, February 12, 2016. Please be aware that water conditions can change drastically at any time depending upon weather and dam operations.
Coeur d'Alene Lake
The elevation of Coeur d'Alene Lake this morning is 2123.20, which is 4 feet 10 inches below normal maximum summer level. We expect the elevation of Coeur d'Alene Lake to decrease a small amount over the next day or so and then will start to rise. We expect Coeur d'Alene lake elevation to rise significantly over the next week.
Spokane River between Coeur d'Alene Lake and the Post Falls Bridge
The following information is concerning water levels between Coeur d'Alene Lake and the Post Falls bridge. The present water level at the bridge is 2119.4. We expect the elevation of the river above Post Falls to stay about about the same over the next week.
Spokane River below Post Falls
The flow in the Spokane River below Post Falls this morning is about 5400 cfs. We expect the discharge out of Post Falls to decrease a small amount over the next day or so. We expect the flow in the Spokane River to start to increase today. By the middle of next week the flow in the river will have increased significantly. The discharge out of Post Falls will depend upon the level of Coeur d'Alene lake. The discharge will decrease as the level of Coeur d'Alene lake decreases and the discharge will increase as the level of the lake increases. The flow in the river is determined by the outlet restriction at the mouth of the river at Coeur d’Alene lake.
Spokane River at Spokane
The flow in the Spokane River at Spokane this morning is 5690 cfs. We expect the flow in the river at Spokane to start to increase later today.
Lake Spokane at the Long Lake Dam
The elevation of Lake Spokane this morning is 1527.3 which is about 8 feet 8 inches below maximum level. We are expecting Lake Spokane levels to decrease 3 to 4 feet through the upcoming weekend. Then by the middle of next week, we expect Lake Spokane elevations to begin to rise again as inflows increase.
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