Devils Lake near Devils Lake, North Dakota - 110 Years

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05056500 Devils Lake near Devils Lake, North Dakota - 110 Years

Instrumentation on Devils Lake 2010
Instrumentation measures weather parameters on Devils Lake ,near Devils Lake, ND, November 5, 2010.

Timeline
1901 Lake-level gage established by C. M. Hall near pier at the Chautauqua grounds steamer landing on Creel Bay.

1929 Lake-level gage located at Lakewood on Creel Bay.

1937 Lake-level gage located at south end of Creel Bay.

1940 October 24–Minimum lake level of 1,400.87 feet(ft) recorded.

1963 Continuous water level recorder installed at Lakewood on the south end of Creel Bay.

Early versions of streamflow measuring equipment
Early versions of streamflow measuring equipment used at this streamgage.(Water-Supply Paper No. 64 Pl.1 Pg. 20A)

1987 Gage raised three feet due to rising lake levels.

1992 Lake at elevation of 1,423.

1995–1997 Gage raised two more times due to rising lake levels.

1999 Devils Lake water began trickling into nearby Stump Lake.

2005 Gage on southeast end of Creel Bay discontinued due to high lake levels: Gage moved 2.5 miles to North Creel Bay due to rising Lake levels.

2010 June 27–Maximum Daily Lake level of 1452.05 ft recorded.

2011 The maximum level for this year was 1454.61 feet on August 1 (wind aided).

 

History

The first known streamgage or lake-level gage on Devils Lake was established by geology professor C. M. Hall on Creel Bay at a pier at the Chautauqua grounds steamer landing, 6 miles southwest of the City of Devils Lake, on June 8, 1901. According to USGS WSP 66, “the object of establishing and maintaining a streamgage on Devils Lake was to ascertain the fluctuations in its water level, which, during the past years (pre – 1901), has been steadily falling, the drop in the last nineteen years amounting to as much as 10 or 12 feet”. Over most of the 20th century, Devils Lake’s elevation has fluctuated greatly, its driest years occurring in the early 1940s. Since 1992, Devils Lake has steadily been rising, resulting in raising the lake-level gage at Devils Lake multiple times. As of June 2010, Devils Lake is at its highest elevation 1,452.04 recorded in the past one hundred years. Data from this lake-level gage may be obtained from the USGS NWISWeb page.

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Devils Lake 2010
A 2010 fall storm pushes water and debris from Devils Lake on to state routes 20/57.