Well, it’s been a different winter at Shuswap, but what’s new. The water levels in November were higher than they’d ever been for that time of year, the same height that we had in early August. So those who were counting on low water to keep their docks high and dry over the winter were in for a bit of a surprise. The water levels have dropped to near normal now, but there has been more ice on Shuswap than we’ve seen for a few years. Keep an eye on your buoys and docks if you’re in an area with a lot of ice. The webcams below are a good way to check ice cover in your area. The snow pack for the South Thompson was 87% of normal as of February 1st, so unless the spring freshet comes in with a very fast melt we shouldn’t see any flooding this year.
For those who are interested, info on water levels can be found at ShuswapLakeWatch.com http://www.shuswaplakewatch.com/comparison.php
And snow pack at http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/bulletins/watersupply/SnowIndexMap.htm
And for those who want to see the lake, there are a fair number of webcams to check