Water levels at Flaming Gorge expected to drop over upcoming months

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Wyo4News Staff, [email protected] [VIA FACEBOOK]

SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYOMING (July 23, 2021) – Recently announced increases in the amount of water released from Flaming Gorge Reservoir mean that water levels are expected to drop between four to six feet from current levels over the next three months.

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At capacity, the elevation of water is 6,045 feet above sea level; current levels as of today, Friday, July 23, 2021, are 22 feet below capacity, at 6,023 feet above sea level.

As a result, many boaters are getting stuck and requiring assistance in the following areas: the Firehole daytime beach area, Big Bend/Skunk Hill/Jap Island, the boat launch and nearby coves of Brennigan Ferry Crossing and Anvil Draw, and the state line cove area.

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We are also experiencing an increase in calls of broken-down vessels, vessels running out of fuel, and vessels unequipped with proper safety equipment onboard, including fire extinguishers, life vests, oars and distress signal flags.

Please exercise caution when boating or otherwise recreating on the water, particularly in the above listed shallow caution areas.

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