Lake of the Woods may see peak water levels this week according to the LWCB.  

According to a report from the Lake of the Woods Control Board (LWCB), the current level of Lake of the Woods is 324.11 m (1063.3 ft), over 95th percentile level for this time of year. The average lake level rose by 3 cm (1 in) over the past week. 

This year’s lake levels have been historic having risen past the 2014 peak of 323.78 m (1062.29 ft) and is close behind the record peak of 324.31 m (1064.0 ft) from July of 1950.  

At this time, the dams in Kenora remain fully open and no additional actions can be taken to limit lake level rise. 

There may be some light around the corner however, Upstream of Lake of the Woods, the larger lakes, Namakan and Rainy, have peaked and are falling. Tributaries in the Rainy River basin have also been in decline following generally drier weather in June.  

This has resulted in Lake of the Woods inflow generally stabilizing recently. The peak lake level may be reached sometime this week or next with drier weather forecasted for the next 7 days.  

A return to normal Lake of the Woods summer levels is unlikely before mid-August regardless of precipitation. 

As the lake level begins to stabilize, the level of the Winnipeg River between Kenora and Minaki, as well as below the Norman Dam, will remain constant and change very little over the coming week.  

The current level of Lac Seul is 356.81 m (1170.6 ft), over the 95th percentile level for this time of year. Lac Seul authorized outflow was reduced to 700 m³/s on Monday, June 27. The lake level has peaked and is expected to decline over the next week.