All three lakes in the White River chain of four lakes are now at their seasonal power pools: Beaver Lake - 1,120.64 feet (pp 1,120.43). Table Rock Lake - 915.00 feet (pp 915.00). Bull Shoals - 658.88 feet (pp 659.00). But the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers continues to run two units of water, at a lake level of 705.72 feet, day and night. Some have asked when it will stop . . . I'd say very soon, but there is rain in the forecast next week.
Guessing what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to do with lake levels has been tough the last couple of weeks. I emailed to ask someone at the Corps a couple of weeks ago but have not received an answer. I asked about Beaver Lake's level and whether they were going to start dropping it, since it was so high. I got my answer a week ago -- they started running water at Beaver Dam, and now Beaver's level has dropped considerably.
Generation has been very constant and consistent the past couple of weeks. Operators at the dam have run 40 megawatts most of each day with the exception of a blast of water in the mornings of about two units. Forty megawatts is a little less than one full unit; the lake level is about 704.5 feet. It really is a nice flow of water, allowing you to boat to the cable at the dam if you know where you're going! And it's a perfect flow for drifting down here out of the trophy area.
On Tuesday of this week, the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers shut our flood gates off, ending almost a month of high water on Lake Taneycomo. We went from moderate flows in December to flood conditions and a record breaking 73,000 c.f.s. flow in just a couple of days. As flood water moved through the system and lake levels dropped, that flow dropped to its present level. Our release has been about 6,500 c.f.s. or two units of water since the first of the week.
We had a change in generation/flood gates the other day that dropped the flow from 20,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second of water -- which was a good thing. Table Rock dropped below the magic 920 feet mark, so the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers closed off most of the water coming over the spill gates. I don't know the exact flow of water coming over the gates, but the water coming through the turbines has varied from 9,000 to 13,000 c.f.s. daily. The lake level dropped about 18 inches here at the resort, and the flow is much slower, although it's still fairly swift.