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Water-Year Summary for Site 05056500

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00065 Gage height(Mean)  

Water year 2021: 2020-10-01 to 2021-09-30
 

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2021
05056500 DEVILS LAKE NEAR DEVILS LAKE, ND
LOCATION - Lat 48°05'58", long 98°54'10" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in NE 1/4 sec.5, T.153 N., R.64 W., Ramsey County, ND, Hydrologic Unit 09020201, at Creel Bay pump station on northeast bank of Creel Bay, 2.0 mi southwest of the city of Devils Lake.
DRAINAGE AREA - 3,130 mi² of which 1,000 mi² probably is noncontributing.
REVISIONS HISTORY - WSP 1913: Drainage area.
SURFACE-WATER RECORDS
PERIOD OF RECORD - 1867, 1879, 1883, 1887, 1890, 1896 (one gage height for each year), 1901-63 (fragmentary), 1964 to current year.
GAGE -

The datum of the gage is 1401.33 ft above NAVD88 as of October 1, 2021 (GNSS survey by USGS). Prior to conversion to NAVD88, the published datum of the gage was 1400.00 ft above NGVD29.

Previous gage locations and datums:

1867-June 1921; various staffs and reference points near South Creel Bay site location at a datum of 11.65 ft higher.

July 1921-September 1937; staff gages near South Creel Bay site location at a datum of 0.56 ft lower.

October 1937-September 1938; staff gages south of the South Creel Bay site location at a datum of 0.56 ft lower.

October 1938-April 1943; staff gages at site 5 miles southwest of the South Creel Bay site location at current datum

May 1943-June 1950; staff gages south of the South Creel Bay site location at current datum.

June 1950-June 1963; staff gages at South Creel Bay site location at current datum.

June 1963-April 2005; recording gage at South Creel Bay site location at current datum.

April 2005-Current; recording gage at North Creel Bay site location at current datum.

REMARKS -

Gage heights are frequently affected by wind.

Accuracy of records for water years prior to 2014 are noted in the individual Annual Data Reports for those water years. For water years 2014 onward, published stage records are good, except for the 2021 water year, when record was fair.

EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - The lake level was at an elevation of about 1,441 ft around 1830 and lower thereafter. Reference is Geological Survey monograph, volume XXV, the Glacial History of Lake Agassiz by Warren Upham.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum gage height recorded, 1,454.61 ft, August 1, 2011, wind aided; maximum daily gage height, 1,454.30 ft, June 27, 2011; minimum observed gage height, 1,400.87 ft, October 24, 1940.