Message from Gary Spackman, August 12, 2015, 3:30 pm
Last week, shortly after I wrote that water levels in Priest Lake continued to increase, the lake level readings declined slightly.
After conversing with the outlet operator and reviewing weather information, we determined that the declines were probably due to the wind.
Water levels in Priest Lake are now hovering near the three foot mark. Today, the high lake level reading is 3.01 feet, and the low reading is 2.97 feet. Priest Lake water levels continue to hold at or very near the full lake elevation for the recreational season.
Ladies: Album is now posted in our Facebook Group
August 5, 2015
After the flow from Priest Lake into Priest River was cut last week from 60 cubic feet per second to 30 cubic feet per second, the daily average Priest Lake water levels increased slightly, although only by two or three hundredths of a foot. Yesterday, many of the gage height readings were 2.99 and 2.98 feet, although last night a few readings dropped to 2.95 feet. An employee of the Department of Water Resources was at Priest Lake yesterday and reported windy conditions. The wind may have caused the variation in lake level measurements. Today (August 5), the lake level measurements are holding at 2.98 feet. A measurement of 2.98 feet is within ¼ inch of three feet and is well within any margins of measurement error.
The Priest Lake weather is forecasted to be cooler with a chance of thundershowers. Cooler temperatures should reduce evaporation and precipitation should increase inflows. Reduced evaporation and increased inflows could increase Priest Lake water levels. As a result, the present release of 30 cubic feet per second from the Priest Lake Outlet will continue, at least until the return of hotter and drier weather. I will monitor the Priest Lake water levels and will request further reductions in flow from Priest Lake to Priest River, if necessary, to maintain lake levels as required by Idaho law.
The United States Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Water Resources are presently measuring inflows to Priest Lake. The flow data will be helpful in future discussion about management of Priest Lake and Priest River.
Director of Idaho dept of Water Resources
Firefighters will be a common sight in Priest Lake this summer, with the creation of a camp that will dispatch crews to wildfires throughout the region.
The facilities set up at the Priest Lake Ranger District will host up to 150 firefighters at a time. The camp was created to house crews currently working to suppress three wildfires burning near Priest Lake and Bonners Ferry, and it will remain in place after those fires die down.
The area is centrally located to provide firefighters to Western Montana, North Idaho and northeast Washington.
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Stage II Fire Restrictions Implemented on July 14th
for North Idaho and areas of Central Idaho
Wildfire danger is very high in the northern parts of Idaho and Stage II Fire Restrictions are being implemented on lands within the Payette, Grangeville and Coeur d'Alene Fire Restrictions Areas. (Yes, that's us Priest Lake)
These fire restrictions shall be in full force and effect starting at 11:59 PM, July 13, 2015, and will remain in effect until rescinded.
Stage II Fire Restrictions
The following are prohibited on the public land, roads, and trails until further notice:
Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire.
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
The new book Wild Place, A History of Priest Lake, Idaho has arrived. The books will available at the museum on weekends until mid June and at Hill's Resort, Korner Market, Autumns Loft and the Entrée Gallery as well as at the Priest Lake State Park store at Indian Creek campground, the Leonard Paul Store and the Tamrak Grocery.
This summer the Priest Lake Museum introduces Wild Place: The History of Priest Lake, Idaho, published by Washington State University Press. This book traces a century of the lake’s history from the early trappers to the creation of the Upper Priest Lake Scenic Area. Historian Kris Runberg Smith spent five years uncovering sources in the National Archives, Yale University, and the Midwest Jesuit Archives along with the museum’s collection. The book features 200 photographs and five detailed maps created by Sandpoint cartographer Sylvie White. It incorporates oral histories, newspaper accounts and recent material donated by dozens of Priest Lake families.