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Huskie

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Huskie

What type of water levels are we going to be seeing on Winnie and the other area lakes? Rain and snowfall amounts have been so varied depending on ones location in the state. Down here in southern Mn. the lakes are still low, will Winnie be at about normal levels for opener?

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gunner55

Just got back from Sand on Mon.& even though we had a couple days of rain plus 10+ inches of snow(2 weeks) the lake was pretty low. We put the dock in & think we'll need the extra 15 ft before we put the lift in next month.

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Jim Almquist

This is from a member that goes by LakeJumper but he is the damtender for all the da ms in the area. Thanks as always Jeff. Hope to meet up for a beer one of these days.

"Also, the lake level of Winnie/Cutfoot is 1297.69 and rising nicely. The ten year average for the lake level for this date is 1297.42 so it is ahead of schedule, and not low as some people think. The Winnie Dam is at minimum flow, storing the runoff and building pool (nice not worrying about ice damage with it gone). With almost six weeks until opener, it should not be a problem making the middle of the summer band with normal precipitation. We received 0.98 inches last night at the dam. Stay safe out there and good luck!"

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gregg52

dam tender

i thought his name Ben ..........lol(gosh dam beartender) lol

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lakejumper

Winnie water level update: it is four days before opener and the lake is now at the top of the summer band (1298.47, three inches high) with a flow out of the dam at 1305 cfs. The rains in the basin over the last two weeks have really brought the lake up, with eight increases made to the dam outflows to try to keep up with the inflows. We may have to go to maximum flow yet this week to get the lake started down. This means the flow at the ramp below Winnie dam will be strong so be careful launching if you like to fish the river and Little Winnie. All ramps on the big lake should be usable, so spread out and good luck!

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Jim Almquist

Thanks for the update Jeff. Always good to know that we can use the ramp closer to the resort if the water levels are up. Should be a great opener!!!

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