Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 21

September, and will be adjusted through the fall to meet navigation targets in reaches with commercial traffic. The Gavins Point reservoir ended August at elevation 1206.6 feet and was expected to rise to near elevation 1207.5 feet during September. Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 24,200 cfs in August, reduced slightly in early September in response to the reduction in Gavins Point releases. The reservoir ended August at elevation 1355.1 feet, falling 0.1 feet during the month. The reservoir was expected to end September near elevation 1353.5 feet. The reservoir is normally drawn down to 1337.5 feet in the fall to provide space for winter hydropower generation at Oahe and Big Bend. The annual drawdown will continue in October and November. Big Bend Dam releases averaged 22,700 cfs in August. Releases were expected to average 20,600 cfs in September. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during September. Oahe Dam releases averaged 24,500 cfs during August. Releases were expected to average 20,800 cfs in September. The reservoir ended August at elevation 1610.5 feet, falling 1.1 feet during the month. The reservoir level was expected to fall approximately 1 foot during September. Garrison Dam releases averaged 20,100 cfs during August. Releases were to be reduced from 20,000 cfs to the fall rate of 13,000 cfs starting around Sep- Gateway to Lake Sakakawea & Missouri River Tailrace (701) 487-3343 Open 7 Days A Week! Pick City, North Dakota • Licenses • Ice • Off-Sale Beer & Wine • Full Service Bait & Tackle Shop • Pop • Snacks • Pizza • ATM Machine • Gas • Oil • Propane • ND Lottery Site Official ND Whopper Weigh Station www.dakotacountrymagazine.com tember 15. With this reduction the river stage at Bismarck will drop approximately 1.5 to 2.0 feet. Garrison reservoir ended August at elevation 1839.3 feet, falling 2.0 feet during the month. The reservoir level was expected to fall approximately 1 foot during September. Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 8,000 cfs during August, reduced from 8,000 cfs to 4,500 cfs starting around September 15. The reservoir ended August at elevation 2233.9 feet, down 1.2 feet during the month. The reservoir level was forecast to fall an additional 0.5 feet during September ending the month near elevation 2233.4 feet. Pool elevation on Aug. 31: Fort Peck -- 2233.9 ft., -1.2 Garrison -- 1839.3 ft., -2.0 Oahe -- 1610.5 ft., -1.1 Big Bend -- 1420.3 ft., -0.3 Fort Randall -- 1355.1 ft., -0.1 Gavins Point -- 1206.6 ft., +0.4 Average daily release in Aug: Fort Peck -- 8,000 cfs. Garrison -- 20,100 cfs. Oahe -- 24,500 cfs. Big Bend -- 22,700 cfs. Fort Randall - - 24,200 cfs. Gavins Point -- 25,000 cfs. Get Your Your Get Missouri River Sportsman’s Guide TODAY! GREAT LAKES OF SD TOURISM ASSOCIATION 1-888-386-4617 www.sdmissouririver.com A Great Fishing/Hunting Destination! NEWLY REMODELED • High Speed Internet • Outdoor Plug-ins • Freezer Space • Boat & Trailer Parking • Swimming pool/Hot tub • Refrigerator & Microwaves in all rooms • Deluxe Continental Breakfast featuring Belgian waffles 700 West Sioux • Pierre, South Dakota • 605-224-4200 • 877-523-0080 email: information@govinn.com • www.govinn.com Dakota Country, October 2016, Page 21