Snowmelt forecast for Big Horn River Basin

by | Jan 14, 2020 12:50PM

h/t WYO Parks – A fly fisherman tries his luck on the Wind River at Boysen.

Reclamation’s January forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn River Basin is as follows:

 Bighorn Lake – Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,114,600 acre-feet (af), which is 89 percent of the 30 year average of 1,256,400 af.

 Buffalo Bill Reservoir – Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 675,000 af, which is 91 percent of the 30 year average of 742,600 af.

 Boysen Reservoir – Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 660,000 af, which is 107 percent of the 30 year average of 617,400 af.

 Bull Lake Reservoir – April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 135,000 af, which is 94 percent of the 30 year average of 143,800 af.

 Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 450,000 af, which is 103 percent of the 30 year average of 437,900 af.

For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298.

The above information was shared by the Bureau of Reclamation.

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