Water levels on Lake Weslemkoon are maintained by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). The MNRF does their best to follow the planned Madawaska_WaterMgtPlan but are often constrained by how much water they can release from the lake as too much would damage the infrastructure downstream of Weslemkoon.
LWCA Director Marty Blake stays in contact with the MNRF, communicating any concerns about high or low water levels or the functioning of the dam.
We are always concerned about lake levels. As you may recall, in late April 2019, water levels were VERY high. Docs were under ice, and when as the considerable snow in the bush melted, the lake rose even higher. This caused all sorts of damage to boathouses and docks.
May 24, 2022 update:
There were report over the May long weekend of the possibility that the dam is leaking. Marty reached out to Nathan Hack - here is the reply from Nathan: Its normal for it to leak like that at this time of year. We haven’t Jacked it down yet since spring so the logs aren’t completely sealed. We normally let them leak to provide us with a little bit of flow until the time we start to need to reduce flow as much as possible for summer. Right now the water level is above our summer target of 317.95m so we probably wont worry about jacking for a little while.
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