River releases to increase another 200cfs on March 2nd

As anticipated, additional releases are coming, but not until next week.

At 4pm on Monday, releases will be increased 200cfs from 3,000cfs to 3,200cfs.

It is important to note that the the current lake elevation is just a hair over 10 feet from being full, and two feet higher than the lake elevation was on this date last year.

Look for additional updates as conditions start to change in the coming weeks.

First increase in releases to come Thursday


It is that time of year again!

The warm temperatures are keeping inflows higher than normal, and the lake is filling when it should be drafting. Therefore, Reclamation will be increasing river releases to control storage.

Starting tomorrow at 4pm, releases will increase from 2,830cfs to 3,000cfs.

There is a good possibility that additional releases will come next week, if not sooner.

Hope everyone has wintered OK and is ready to get back on the river!


Bighorn river releases to drop to 2,830cfs tomorrow


The corrected address for tomorrow’s meeting is: 214 North Broadway


In advance of the fall planning meeting next week, Reclamation will be dropping flows to their expected fall/winter release rate.

Starting tomorrow at 4pm, river releases will decrease from 3,000cfs to 2,830cfs.

We encourage you to attend the Fall Planning Meeting and the Issues Group meeting November 12 starting at 9:30am at the MSUB-Extended Campus, 112 N. Broadway in Billings. Meetings should be done by 4pm. This is an EXCELLENT opportunity to have your voice heard.

See you there!

River releases to drop 250cfs

In addition to some tests where the power plant units will be briefly taken offline, Reclamation will decrease river releases to conserve storage. During the tests, water will be passed through the river outlets rather than the turbines for as long as four hours and possibly less. The test will occur on October 15.

Starting Wednesday, October 15, releases will be reduced from 3,500cfs to 3,250cfs.

Reports have been coming in that the river is clearing and fishing is finally starting to pick back up.

Enjoy this beautiful fall weather!

Bighorn releases to drop to 3,500cfs

During the stakeholders call with Reclamation today, it was announced that releases will be reduced to conserve storage.

Starting tomorrow at 4pm. river releases will be reduced from 4,000cfs to 3,500cfs.

Note that with these reductions, all water will be passing through the turbines (rather than some coming from the river outlets).

At this time, it looks like Reclamation will set winter release at or near 2,860cfs, so please expect further reductions in the coming weeks.

The fall planning meeting is scheduled for November 12th in Billings. An official agenda and location will be published well in advance of the meeting and details will be posted in the newspapers and at bighornriver.org. I strongly urge you to attend this meeting if you have comments or concerns you’d like to share with Reclamation.


Bighorn releases to back off to 4,000cfs


Now that the lake is finally out of the flood pool and back in the conservation pool, Reclamation will reduce releases to conserve storage.

Starting Monday, October 6 at 4pm, releases will decrease from 4,500cfs to 4,000cfs.

A new shift value is being applied, and it is lower than last time which indicates some algae is beginning to leave the system (and good riddance).

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!