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Forum News Service, Published June 17 2013

Devils Lake unlikely to hit record level

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Devils Lake has reached the 1,453.8-foot elevation predicted last month by the National Weather Service.

But without a lot more rain, it isn’t likely to get much higher and should not threaten the record elevation of 1,454.3 feet, which was set in 2011, according to officials.

“Basically, I think we’re at peak right now,” State Engineer Todd Sando said Monday. “The inflows have dropped off. We’re right around the peak right now, unless we get some tough weather.

The lake level dropped about 3 feet in 2012. Officials attribute the reduction to a year-long mini-drought and the operation of an expanded outlet system, which removed about 1 foot from the lake.

However, the lake has risen by about 2.5 feet this spring, the result of a late-developing snowy winter season that lasted well into spring and more than 7 inches of rain that has fallen in the basin in the past month.