April 16, 2018 – The Haliburton reservoirs are below average and lake levels are increasing. (As of April 16th the water level at the Kennisis Dam is exceptionally low.) The snowpack increased as a result of the recent lower than normal seasonal temperatures and solid precipitation events. Lake levels are monitored daily and assessed in relation to estimated runoff amounts, however they are susceptible to changes in response to the future precipitation amounts. The flows on Gull and Burnt Rivers are below the average for this time of the year.
The temperature variations around the freezing mark make ice weak along the shoreline which is then easily broken and moved by windy conditions. The areas subject to the greatest impact are those facing the primary wind direction. In the event of strong wind conditions the public should be aware of possible onshore ice movement leading to shoreline damage. The current forecast suggests that these conditions are probable if the winds are high.
See our Water Level Update page for more details.