Detroit Lake is 35 feet higher than last year

Lucas Lunski is prepping the marina at Detroit Lake for this summer

Detroit Lake, Feb. 24, 2016 (KOIN)
Detroit Lake, Feb. 24, 2016 (KOIN)

DETROIT, Ore. (KOIN) — Lucas Lunski is prepping the marina at Detroit Lake for this summer and hopes — expects — it will be better than it was during the drought of 2015.

He and the other workers had to set up docks after they were moved last year because of the low water levels. They’re back where they normally are.

“Since the water didn’t raise we had to move them, One-by-one we had to build a new marina,” Lunski said.

A horse drawn wagon was found in the dry Detroit Lake bed (DAVE ZAHN)
A horse drawn wagon was found in the dry Detroit Lake bed (DAVE ZAHN)

They also had to burn debris that appeared when the water nearly dried up. “There is so much extra wood out there from last year because the water didn’t come up and clear it out,” he told KOIN 6 News.

The Army Corps of Engineers is keeping track and the water levels at Detroit Lake are higher than last year.

“Right now, today, the reservoir elevation is at 1509 feet above sea level,” said Scott Clemans, the public affairs officer for the Army Corps of Engineers.. “That’s about 35 feet higher than it was this time last year.”

With the snowpack and the possible rain it could be a favorable season.

“It’s good news so far, but we want to remain optimistic because this happened last spring,” he said. “It rained a lot in February but it didn’t rain much after that.

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