In 2004, about 90 migrating elk drowned after attempting to cross thin ice on the Mores Creek arm of Lucky Peak Lake upstream of the Highway 21 bridge. To better understand the depths over a range of reservoir pool elevations in the Mores Creek Arm, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Lucky Peak Power Plant Project, conducted high-resolution multibeam echosounder (MBES) bathymetric surveys on the Mores Creek arm on Lucky Peak Lake. The MBES data will assist reservoir managers and wildlife biologists with regulating reservoir water surface elevations (WSE) to support successful big game migration across Mores Creek on Lucky Peak Lake. Data collection provided nearly 100 percent coverage of bed elevations within the survey extent and are used to create a depth raster and contour map for select water surface elevations of 2,960 ft, 2,965 ft, 2,970 ft, 2,975 ft, and 2,980 ft. Table 1. Summary of average and maximum depths for various water surface elevations in the Mores Creek Arm of Lucky Peak Lake Table 2. Depths as a percentage of total area for various water surface elevations in the Mores Creek Arm of Lucky Peak Lake.
|Title||Mores Creek Arm Bathymetric Survey, Lucky Peak Lake, Boise County, Idaho, May 11 - 13, 2021|
|Authors||Taylor J Dudunake, William P Nuckoles, Daniel L. Murray, Ryan L Fosness|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||Idaho Water Science Center|