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How much do you guys think the recent rain/snow will help with the low water level last year?

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not too much at all, We need much more. Hopefully lots of april ahowers to bring May Walleye!

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I was told by the old timers I would trust at the lake that the massive snow in March and recent rains would give us about four inches. Remember, we are nearly 3 feet down. We would need a inch of rain every day for the rest of the month to get near where we should be. That won't happen....

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I talked with the DNR yesterday.

As of now the lake is up only six inches right now. I know that that may sound good but really it is not very good news at all. The DNR says that normally at this time of the year the lake should be up 18 inches or more this time of the year.

Its going to take some time. The lake has been this low before in the past. In fact talking with the DNR and some old timers, the lake was quit abit lower than it is now in the past.

We need a really good week of good soaking rain.

Fish On!!!

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Cranker, how much snow/rain did you guys get up there in the last couple days?

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We got a trace this morning. Its all gone already. I traveled from Perham, Mn to Chisholm, Mn to Duluth yesterday evening and there wasn't any snow at all. It seems that everthing was south of here.

Fish On!!!

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all of the moisture we have received in the last month and a half will help some. the lake has come up a little from when it froze over last year. all of the feeder creeks have slowed to a trickle, so that tells me that the snow melt from the last storm is soaking back into the ground water. when that is replentished, the lake will start to rise. even with the three days of rain we got the weekend before easter, there was no standing water in the ditches, it all soaked in. we will have to wait until the lake openes back up and then we will see where we are at with the water level and how many public accesses will be usable............tom fellegy

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Will resort owners or the Mille lacs area post (once it gets closer to Opening Weekend), what launches can be used, and ones that cannot be used??? Including Public Accesses???It would save alot of phone calls , and frustrations driving around on Opening weekend.

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Lets not forget all the rain (and wind) we will get on opener weekend.. thats good for 3-4 inches

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I'm trying to forget about that part!!!!

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Perchman, if we get rain and wind its your fault. Its bad luck to talk like that.

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I'll take temps in the upper 50's. Sunny/partly cloudy. West wind @ 10 mph anytime!!!!

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I will have an update on this boat launch situation around the lake by opener for everyone.

Fish On!!!

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WTG cranker!

regards,

minnesotatuff

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Thanks!!!! I'm sure everyone that looks at the Mille lacs Post will appreciate this. Look forward to meeting you this year!!

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lots of the resorts were dredgin there launches. i know fishers is going to be hell.... last october we went out in my 2025 prov se in 3 foot to 4 foot rollers and we were hitting the bottom of the lake at the backs side of the waves...

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Just for your info here at Fisher's we dredged our harbor 600 feet out into the lake this spring. We are also installing 36 concrete boat ramp planks to make the ramp smoother and less of an angle. This year we are also adding red and green navigational buoys with corresponding blinking lights at the end of the harbor. If everything goes as planned you should have no problem launching.

Dean Fisher

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Dean,

Welcome to FM. It's nice to have you aboard. First chance I get I'm going to run up and introduce myself, or if you find yourself down this way, stop in and say hi.

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Thats great to hear. I use Fishers a lot and thought the launch was great anyway.

Thanks, LovenLifeGuy

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Awsome job on the launch Dean,I really like launching from your resort during the summer months.Ill be eager to see what you guys have done up there...See you soon....

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Hey Dean,

Thats awesome! Welcome aboard Dean, It will be great having you tell us more of what is going on up on the north east end of the lake here.

I know folks that Fishers will have be one of your best choices for launching your boat this year!

Fish On!!!

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I don't know were the DNR is taking there measurements from

but in front of the cabin in Vineland bay the water is down

about 4 inches from last fall, just before the freeze.

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Apparently, the DNR, in cooperation with USGS has a site in Cove Bay that measures the lake level. There are a couple great web sites that water level folks might want to look at. Despite not alot of comparative data (it only gives you the last 31 days), on the Cove Bay gauge it shows the level rose from 9.46 to 10.46 feet in the last month. These are real time gauges measured on the hour, so they are by far the best source of true data on the lake. If you think the lake is down 2 feet from normal. We would have to then say normal for Cove Bay would be 12.46 feet. By watching the gauge after rains, you can see the progress of lake fill.

Actual site: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?cb_00065=on&format=html&period=365&site_no=05284000

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Information System web site includes gage height time-series/real-time data on nine Minnesota reservoirs and lakes that have been collected by automatic recorders and manual field measurements. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/current/?type=lake&group_key=NONE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St Paul District Water Control Center, provides on-line real-time water resources data and up to 18 months historical information on twelve Minnesota reservoirs and thirteen lake sites.

http://www.mvp-wc.usace.army.mil/dcp/

http://www.mvp-wc.usace.army.mil/

Hope you find this useful

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with the rain we have recieved the last few days the lake level here in cove bay has come up a little bit. it is still on the low side, but it is higher than last fall when it froze over. with the low water level, the south harbor township poured a new slab at the south harbor township access at bay view last week. it looks real good, if the lake comes up a few more inches, it will be really nice.............tom fellegy

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If you look at the above site, is shows the four-year median and mean level at 11.50 feet and current condition of 10.42 feet so according to stats, we are a foot low only in cove bay from the last four years of averages. Tom, thanks for the heads-up on the new ramp in South Harbor.

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