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  • Water levels not full

  • The water level at Lake of the Ozarks is climbing but nowhere near full pool of 660 feet above sea level. By the weekend, operators at Bagnell Dam expect the lake level to be sitting at about 657 feet above sea level. That should put the lake in good shape to hit the 660 mark before the start of the summer boating season.


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  • Despite flooding concerns in other parts of the state, heavy rains  haven’t caused any problems at Bagnell Dam.
    Spring rains can create what amounts to a juggling act for the operators at Bagnell Dam as they monitor water flowing in from the upstream watershed with water from tributaries and runoff.
    The water level at Lake of the Ozarks is climbing but nowhere near full pool of 660 feet above sea level. By the weekend, operators at Bagnell Dam expect the lake level to be sitting at about 657 feet above sea level. That should put the lake in good shape to hit the 660 mark before the start of the summer boating season.
    On Tuesday afternoon, the lake level was at 655.58, down just slightly from Monday.
    Subject to weather and use requirements, Ameren Missouri will be running at heavy generation for the next several days.
    The lake level hit the bottom of the guide curve the first of April at 653.9 feet marking the end of the winter drawdown.
    By slowly raising the lake, it will allow the lake to hold spring rains in the reservoir and begin the creep back up to 660. The goal for dam operators is goal is to raise the lake level one foot every 10 days. By the end of May, the lake should be back to full pool at 660 feet.  
    About 80 percent of the lake’s water comes from Truman Reservoir. The remainder flows in from tributaries and runoff.
    Ameren Missouri provides a recording of lake level information — updated daily on weekdays — at 573-365-9205. In addition, hourly information is available on the Internet by going to AmerenMissouri.com and clicking on “Lake of the Ozarks.”
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