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Red Rock Still Very High, But Stabilizing

Posted: Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 at 6:29 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

The water level at Lake Red Rock is expected to make only subtle changes over the next five days, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In-flow to the reservoir began increasing steadily Thursday afternoon and is now expected to peak at just under 60,000 cubic feet per second by midday Saturday.

The out-flow of water at the Red Rock dam remains at 50,000 cubic feet per second and is not expected to change in the near future. As of 7:00 a.m. Saturday, the water level at Lake Red Rock was at 778.60 feet and slowly rising.

The lake is expected to crest just below 779 feet near midnight on Sunday. That would put it within 3 1/2 feet of the record of 782.67 feet, set in July of 1993.

Howell Station Campground will be closed until further notice due to river levels. The North and South Tailwater Recreation Areas below the dam remain open at this time.

Boat ramps that are currently open include those at the Wallashuck Recreation Area, Marina Cove and Elk Rock State Park (just off of Highway 14) for lake access, and Howell Station Landing for river access below the dam. Please note that parking areas at the Marina Cove ramp are very limited during times of high water.

The North Overlook and Whitebreast Beaches are closed.

A line of buoys has been placed on Lake Red Rock approximately a half-mile west of the dam. No boats are allowed beyond the buoy line for safety reasons.