Returns to More Seasonal Levels;
Extra Flows From Davis Dam Planned Through End of April
Havasu has returned to more seasonal levels one week after higher-projected
water orders below Parker Dam and generator maintenance at Davis Dam caused
the lake to drop below normal elevation.
Lake Havasu is at elevation 446.10 feet above sea level. It is projected to
be at approximately elevation 447.80 to 448.08 feet above sea level for Easter
weekend, April 22nd - 23rd. And it is projected to continue to rise through
the end of April, reaching approximately 448.51 feet by April 30th, or about
two-tenths of a foot below the end-of-April target level of 448.7.
weekend, Lake Havasu was about elevation 445.6, or about three feet below
its targeted elevation for this time of year. The reservoir had dropped rapidly
as water releases were increased to meet larger-than-projected demands from
California and Arizona water users. Because of ongoing maintenance of a generating
unit at Davis Dam (expected to be complete in early May), the extra water
released from Lake Havasu could not be replaced as quickly as it normally
would have been.
Wednesday, April 12th, Reclamation opened a spillway gate at Davis Dam to
move extra water from Lake Mohave downstream to Havasu. The spill is expected
to continue 24-hours-per-day until the end of the month when Reclamation will
evaluate elevations and operations to determine if the spillway gate should
April 30th, river flows between Davis Dam and Lake Havasu will average between
19,000 and 23,000 cubic feet per second. River users should be aware that
these flows will be slightly higher than normal for this time of year, and
should continue to excerise caution while using the river. Reclamation crews
have placed a buoy line across the river below Davis Dam as a safety measure
to prevent watercraft across to this area.