There is a lot of snow left at the headwaters (Mt. Massive,Elbert, etc.). There was even new snowfall up high this past weekend. The cold temps slowed things down and they temporarily cut back on the reservoir releases accordingly. We do usually get an early false peak each year. Then the true peak is generally in June and often around FIBArk time.Just wondering if the peak around the 18th was it for this year. Anyone with local knowledge or a more objective evaluation of the snow pack?
The Ark can surprise you. I remember in 1991 or 1992 it was a similar year and we all thought the river "peaked" in June at a little above 1,600 in Browns Canyon. The real peak came in August and there was a major rainstorm that brought it up to around 1,750.
Clear Creek Ark, Lake Creek and the water coming down from Leadville are all at the same level they were when the river peaked on the 18th, plus the river is now at the same level (they had to recalibrate the "below granite" gauge and it now shows the peak was 1750 instead of 1950). If it continues to rise over the weekend and/or the release from Twin Lakes is increased we will have a second, higher peak from snowmelt.That's it, until next year!
The release will be there for the July 15th - August 15th time period. What the flows are in early July will depend on Mother Nature. It's possible that municipal water calls will hold the release at a respectable level, or that we will start to get some rain and it will help maintain the flows, otherwise early July might be flowing lower than late July..... but unlikely. Either way there will be enough water to have a good time.Got family coming into town in early July. With it looking like we have already peaked and the snowpack being poorer than normal, does anyone expect the flow to drop below the pre-Aug 15 flows of around 700 this year?