22:31h

Fontenelle Fishing Report

Fontenelle Fishing Report

6.16.2017

Flows below the dam; 10,300

This Fontenelle Fishing Report is yet another flow update. The flows have been at or above flood stage for about a week now. The flows coming into the reservoir are at 11,300 and the level is currently sitting at 73% full. With the next surge predicted this week once the temps get warmer look for the flows to possibly increase to meet this demand. As soon as we get the word out we’ll pass it on. The best news we have is the fall fishing here will be EPIC!!!!!

Fontenelle Dam Fishing Reports

Past and present Fontenelle Dam flows

To book your summer and/or fall trip please give us a call @ 307-413-0669 or email; rhett@reeldealanglers.com.

23:33h

Fontenelle Dam River Update

Fontenelle Dam River Update

6.9.2017

The most recent Fontenelle Dam River Update is the flows have increased even more and hopefully, they wont get too much higher. To book your Summer 2017 Trips please call 307-413-0669 or email; rhett@reeldealanglers.com.

 

 

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            Current Fontenelle Dam Release

19:30h

Fontenelle Dam Fishing Report

Fontenelle Dam Fishing Report

6.6.2017

Here’s the latest and greatest Fontenelle Dam Fishing Report and flow update.

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                   Fontenelle Dam Flow Releases

We’re anticipating being able to start guiding here around the end of June, based on the latest information we can gather at this time. Please give us a call @ 307-413-0669 or email: rhett@reeldealanglers.com to book your trip or catch up with the latest and greatest.

16:10h

Fontenelle Dam Release Schedule

5/4/2017

Hello:

Fontenelle Dam Release Schedule

Current forecasts are for increased temperatures over the next ten days with the potential for additional precipitation to manifest in the spring forecast. Spring forecasts become increasingly uncertain beyond 3-5 days and the flow increases are unknown at this time. Additional increases may be forthcoming next week

The increased inflows require increases in the releases according to the following schedule: 

Fontenelle Wyoming Fishing Guides

Fontenelle Release chart

Please note:

This notification supersedes all previously issued notifications and is current until a new one is issued. All times identified in this directive are Mountain Daylight Time and are not hour ending.

Kind regards,

Heather 

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

19:17h

Fontenelle

3.21.2017

Fontenelle update:

The following data is why we’ve chosen not to guide on Fontenelle until after the runoff. This is now the 3rd amendment in a little more than a week AND there’s a Flood Warning on the Upper Green to boot. We are planning to guide on Fontenelle just as soon as the waters calm down from runoff, which we’re thinking should be around the beginning of July. The really good news is that we’re planning to guide well into October this season!

Greetings,

Increasing forecasts of runoff for the remainder of March and possibly April will require further increases in releases from Fontenelle Dam. Releases will be increased according to the following schedule:

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     Updated Fontenelle Dam Releases

Please note:

The current release schedule is subject to observed hydrology and is subject to change.

This notification supersedes all previously issued notifications and is current until a new one is issued. All times identified in this notification are Mountain Daylight Time and are not hour ending. 

Regards,

Jed Parker

 

Message: NOAA-NWS-ALERTS-WY125844D2D828.FloodWatch.125844E363B4WY.RIWFFARIW.9ea3356b8dd86cc120717a337568b1ea from w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov
Sent: 03:06 MDT on 03-21-2017
Effective: 03:06 MDT on 03-21-2017
Expires: 11:49 MDT on 03-22-2017
Event: Flood Watch
Alert:
...Significant low elevation snowmelt today may cause some 
flooding in the western valleys... 
 
.Afternoon temperatures today will be in the middle 40s to middle 
50s. The temperatures will keep the potential for more significant 
snowmelt through this afternoon. The Salt River near Etna is 
running about a foot from bankfull early Tuesday morning. The 
river is expected to continue to slowly rise on Tuesday but 
remaining below bankfull stage. 
 
...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON... 
The Flood Watch continues for 
 
* Portions of northwest Wyoming, southwest Wyoming, and west 
central Wyoming, including the following areas, in northwest 
Wyoming, Jackson Hole. In southwest Wyoming, South Lincoln 
County. In west central Wyoming, Star Valley, Upper Green 
River Basin, and Upper Green River Basin Foothills. 
 
* Through this afternoon 
 
* The mild valley temperatures will cause significant low 
elevation snowmelt runoff. 
 
* Flooding of smaller streams, culverts, and other low lying areas 
will remain a distinct possibility through this afternoon.
Instructions: A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. People living in flood prone areas across the western valleys and across the Upper Green Basin should begin preparing for rising water across low lying areas such as drainage ditches, bridges, and basements. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings.
Target Area:
Jackson Hole
South Lincoln County
Star Valley
Upper Green River Basin
Upper Green River Basin Foothills
18:22h

Fontenelle

3.16.2017

Due to an increased forecast of runoff into Fontenelle Reservoir for the remainder of March outflows need to be adjusted.

Therefore, dam releases will be steadily increased beginning Thursday, March 16 and ending Wednesday, March 29, 2017 according to the following table:

Fontenelle Wyoming Fishing Reports

                          Dam Release Schedule

Please note:

The current release schedule is subject to observed hydrology and is subject to change.

This notification supersedes all previously issued notifications and is current until a new one is issued. All times identified in this directive are Mountain Daylight Time and not hour ending.

20:04h

Fontenelle

 

3.15.2017

 

From:     Jed Parker, Bureau of Reclamation                    

 

Subject:  Fontenelle Operations

 

The forecasted inflow for Fontenelle Reservoir between the months of April and July is anticipated to be 1,738,000 acre-feet which is nearly 240 percent of normal. In addition, low-level elevation snow melt is flowing into the reservoir causing the pool elevation to increase nearly two feet over the last week. As the downstream threat from ice jams has passed, the dam releases are planned to increase from the dam in anticipation of large inflows this spring.

 

Therefore, dam releases will be steadily increased beginning Wednesday, March 15, 2017 and ending Thursday, March 30, 2017 according to the following table:

Date

Time (MDT)

Initial Release (cfs)

Change (cfs)

Final Release (cfs)

3/15/2017

10:00

1025

75

1100

3/15/2017

14:00

1100

100

1200

3/16/2017

10:00

1200

100

1300

3/16/2017

14:00

1300

100

1400

3/20/2017

10:00

1400

100

1500

3/20/2017

14:00

1500

100

1600

3/21/2017

10:00

1600

100

1700

3/21/2017

14:00

1700

100

1800

3/22/2017

10:00

1800

100

1900

3/22/2017

14:00

1900

100

2000

3/23/2017

10:00

2000

100

2100

3/23/2017

14:00

2100

100

2200

3/27/2017

10:00

2200

100

2300

3/27/2017

14:00

2300

100

2400

3/28/2017

10:00

2400

100

2500

3/28/2017

14:00

2500

100

2600

3/29/2017

10:00

2600

100

2700

3/29/2017

14:00

2700

100

2800

3/30/2017

10:00

2800

100

2900

3/30/2017

14:00

2900

100

3000

2:20h

Fontenelle

Greetings Fontenelle Stakeholders,

The following is an update on hydrology affecting the basin above Fontenelle Reservoir as well as anticipated operations at the dam.

As of February 22, 2017, the to-date snow pack in the basin above Fontenelle was at 192% of median for a total of 145% of the seasonal median, historically wedged between two other high snow pack years of 2011 and 1986. The following graph demonstrates the snow water equivalent (inches of water present in snowpack) as those years progressed through the season along with the median (average between the years 1981-2010) and the current year’s snowpack. 

The following graph is a recounting of releases from Fontenelle in the years 2011 and 2016 (last year’s runoff) between the months of February and September. This graph is provided to demonstrate a high snowpack year (2011) compared to a roughly average snowpack year (2016). 

Fontenelle is currently releasing 1,025 cfs (cubic feet per second) which is expected to continue until the threat from downstream icing has passed. At which time releases will be increased to near power plant capacity (around 1,300 cfs). Going forward and depending upon further accumulation of snowpack, releases as early as mid-April may reach 4,000 cfs with early June releases reaching between 8,000 and 11,000 cfs.

While a variety of snowpack situations may play out over the coming months it is important for Reclamation to convey to stakeholders that the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center is now predicting a near 50% probability that the snow pack this year may be greater than the highest year on record for the basin above Fontenelle (1986). The facilities and procedures in place at Fontenelle Dam are sufficient to handle even the highest flows currently forecasted.

We look forward to working with stakeholders as we continue to analyze snowpack and reservoir operations and encourage anyone with concerns to contact us directly. A Fontenelle working group meeting will be held at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Green River, Wyoming on April 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

Regards,

Jed Park

16:47h

Fontenelle

Fontenelle Dam Operation Plan Update

2.14.2017

Yesterday, I spoke with the person in charge of the Fontenelle Dam operation with the Bureau of Reclamation. He reported that there is a ton of snow above the reservoir and it will be quite difficult to project the exact operational plan until the ice begins to thaw. See the map below.

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Wyoming Snowpack 2.14.2017

Once this happens, they will release plans as they become known and most certainly the plan will change multiple times. The MOST IMPORTANT aspect to keep in mind is, the operation is a reaction of what the weather is and subsequently how/when the snow melts. And that changes daily and sometimes hourly.

Currently here’s the latest from the BOR “Fontenelle Reservoir – Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6,483 feet above sea level (feet), which amounts to 53 percent of live storage capacity. Inflows for the month of January totaled 44,600 acre-feet (af), or 148 percent of average. Average to above average inflows are forecasted over the next few months and releases have been increased in order to meet the spring elevation target. Releases have been set to base flow levels of 1,025 cubic feet per second (cfs) and are forecasted to remain at this level through the winter. Flows are anticipated to increase to 1,750 cfs on March 1, 2017 or whenever downstream icing threats have passed.”

Based on this information, Reel Deal is planning to operate and offer guided fishing trips this spring and summer above and below the Fontenelle Reservoir. Please keep in mind we guide from the Green River lakes up to the boundary of and below the Seedskadee NWR. This spring we will operate on a game time decision basis so PLEASE keep in mind that we DO NOT charge deposits for our spring trips so there is virtually NO RISK to our clients. If we feel the conditions are favorable, then we’ll go and if not, then we’ll either figure out another location or try again the next day.

One really positive thing to remember during big water years, the river corridors get flushed out and this is very good from a longterm, ecology standpoint for the riparian area. In other words EVERYONE and EVERYTHING benefits long term.

Our mainstay of operation will be from late June through October and we would like to remind everyone of our new mobile riverside camping option. If you’re looking to get your fish on then this is the program for you! Regardless of your plans, please give us a call at 307-413-0669 or email rhett@reeldealanglers.com. We look forward to getting you out for a great experience on the the water!

15:53h

Fontenelle Report

1/25/2017

The snowpack in the Wind River and Wyoming Ranges so far, are substancial and way above a 30 year average. Let’s hope the trend continues!

Current Status

(Last Updated: January 12, 2017)

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6485 feet, which amounts to 57 percent of live storage capacity. Inflows for the month of December totaled 37,000 acre-feet (af), or 147 percent of average.  Average to above average inflows are forecasted over the next few months and releases have been increased in order to meet the spring elevation target.  Releases have been increased to base flow levels of 1,025 cfs and are forecasted to remain at this level through the winter, subject to hydrology.

The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center has forecasted spring inflows that are at or above average.  January, February, and March forecasted inflow volumes amount to 30,000 af (105 percent of average), 28,000 af (101 percent of average), and 50,000 af (95 percent of average), respectively.

To view the most current reservoir elevation, content, inflow and release, click on: Fontenelle Reservoir Data.
14:30h

Fontenelle

Hello:

Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6490.9 ft (68% full).  While August observed August inflows were 37 percent of average, significant precipitation has occurred over the Upper Green River Basin and releases need to be increased over the winter to meet the spring drawdown target.  

Beginning Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 1,025 cfs according to the following schedule:                                                                                   

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

 

 

Change

(cfs)

 

Final Release

(cfs)

11/09/2016

0800

920

 

 

52

 

972

11/09/2016

1600

972

 

 

53

 

1025

 

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, releases will remain at 1,025 cfs until further notice.  

This notification supersedes all previously issued ones and is current until a new notification is issued.  All times identified are local time (Mountain Daylight Time) and not hour ending.

Kind regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer, Green River Operations

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

19:08h

Fontenelle

Fontenelle

Fontenelle Dam

Current Status

(Last Updated: August 5, 2016)

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6500 ft (87% full) and releases are approximately 1,100 cfs. Releases will decrease to 1,000 cfs on August 17, 2016 and are anticipated to decreased to base flow levels of approximately 960 cfs sometime in September, subject to hydrology. The July final forecast decreased from the June midmonth volume of 710,000 acre-feet (98 percent of average) to 650,000 acre-feet (90 percent of average).  Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the decreasing forecast volume. Releases are anticipated to remain at this level through July and then decrease.

Inflows for the month of July totaled 80,000 acre-feet (af), or 45 percent of average. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center has forecasted spring inflows that are much below average.  August, September and October forecasted inflow volumes amount to 44,000 af (58 percent of average), 36,000 af (78 percent of average), and 40,000 af (82 percent of average), respectively.

To view the most current reservoir elevation, content, inflow and release, click on: Fontenelle Reservoir Data.

Working Group Meetings

The next Fontenelle Working Group meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., August 23, 2016. The meeting will be held at the Joint Powers Water Board offices in Green River, Wyoming. The Fontenelle Working Group is an open public forum for information exchange between Reclamation and other parties associated with the operation of Fontenelle Reservoir.

The fall Fontenelle Working Group meeting was held on August 26, 2015 at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Green River, Wyoming (351 W. Astle Avenue). Minutes from the meeting are currently being drafted and will be posted on the Working Group webpages.

15:11h

Fontenelle Fishing Report

8.6.2016

Fontenelle Fishing Report

Below is the latest Fontenelle fishing report.

Hello:

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6499 ft (86% full) and releases are scheduled at 1,100 cfs.  The August forecast indicates continued dry conditions.  Therefore, releases will be decreased to 1,000 cfs beginning on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.  

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

 

 

Change

(cfs)

 

Final Release

(cfs)

08/17/2016

0800

1100

-100

1000

It is anticipated that releases will remain at 1,000 cfs through the middle of September and then decrease to approximately 950 cfs depending upon hydrology.  

This notification is current until a new notification is issued.  All times identified are local time (Mountain Prevailing Time) and not hour ending.

Kind regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

21:34h

Fontenelle Fishing Report

7.21.2016

Fontenelle Fishing Report

Flows: 1250 CFS

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              Remarkable Rainbow

The latest Fontenelle Fishing Report we have is if you’re looking for some AMAZING dry fly action, we have just the experience you’ve been waiting for. Imagine stalking huge trout sipping tiny dries pod after pod; this is what we’ve been experiencing with our clients for the past few weeks. There have been zillions, literally, of caddis along with sallies and pmds all day every day. Don’t get me wrong, these fish are super smart and spooky but the patient angler can typically connect with a trophy. These fish are hot and powerful, so playing them is tricky business. Take your time and be mindful that you’re fishing in the high desert so keep ’em wet and don’t drag them out of the water onto the hot rocks along the bank.

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                                Browntown

We have a new overnight camp here and we’re offering 2 days of guided fishing along with a comfy night in our 5th wheel or pop up camper. Our introductory offer for this option is $1600 for 2 people. Enjoy a grilled cowboy dinner and breakfast tacos for 2 in our super deluxe pop up camper and/or our 5th wheel. The pop up is for our single folks and the 5th wheel is for couples. The 5th wheel is the “mothership” that has a nice shower as does the pop up. Each has air conditioning as well for those hot afternoons. We have a huge selection of recorded music from our friends in Austin Texas to enjoy whenever. Imagine your self sipping a tall boy after getting off the water, being fed a killer dinner and chillaxing by the campfire telling stories about your daily stalking! Spending the night on the water means you can get on the water as early as you want.

 

Give us a call to reserve your spot today @ 307-739-7020. Tight lines and enjoy!!

2:19h

Fontenelle Fishing Report

7.6.2016

Fontenelle Fishing Report

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6501 ft (89% full) and releases are approximately 1,500 cfs. The July final forecast decreased from the June mid-month volume of 710,000 acre-feet (98 percent of average) to 650,000 acre-feet (90 percent of average).  

Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the decreasing forecast volume.

Therefore, Monday, July 11, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 1,000 cfs according to the following schedule:   

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Fontenelle Dam Release Schedule

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, releases will remain 1,000 cfs until further notice.  All times identified are local time (Mountain Prevailing Time) and not hour ending.

Kind regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

19:29h

Fontenelle Dam

Fontenelle Dam Fishing Report

6.21.2016

Here’s the latest Fontenelle Dam Fishing report from the Bureau of Reclamation we just received. Given this news, RDA will start guiding this world class fishery after the 4th of July crowds head home. To book your trip please give us a call @ 307-739-7020 to book your trip. We invite you to come enjoy our new riverside camp and stay a few nights and relax!

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Fontenelle Cutthroat Trout

Hello:

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6502.9 ft (93% full) and releases are approximately 6,200 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 3,900 cubic feet per second (cfs) and decreasing.

Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the decreasing snowmelt runoff.

Therefore, tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 1,500 cfs according to the following schedule:   

Fontenelle Dam Fishing Report

Flow Chart

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016, releases will remain 1,500 cfs until further notice.  All times identified are local time (Mountain Prevailing Time) and not hour ending.

Please note: performance testing and maintenance will be occurring this week and additional fluctuations in the river may be seen.

Kind regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

21:35h

Fontenelle Dam

6.15.2016

Fontenelle Dam Fishing Report

Here’s the latest from the Bureau of Reclamation today. It will be a few more days before we return to guiding on Fontenelle Dam area. Please call us @ 307-739-7020 to get the latest and updates or book your trips.

Hello:

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6503.9 ft (95% full) and the Fontenelle Dam releases are approximately 5,700 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 8,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and uncertainty exists regarding the decrease in spring inflows.

Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the increased uncertainty in snowmelt runoff.

Therefore, tomorrow, Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 6,200 cfs according to the following schedule:   

Fontenelle dam Fishing guides

          Release Chart

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 16, 2016, releases will remain 6,200 cfs until further notice.  All times identified are local time (Mountain Prevailing Time) and not hour ending.

Kind regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

17:19h

Fontenelle Dam

6.13.2016

And just like that I get the latest update on the Fontenelle Dam(see below) just a few minutes after blogging about it this morning. Below is the latest;

Hello:

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6502.61 ft (91% full) and releases are approximately 5,000 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 8,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) and will continue increasing with spring inflows.

Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the increased snowmelt runoff.

Therefore, today, Monday, June 13, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 5,700 cfs according to the following schedule:

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Fontenelle Dam Flow Increase chart

  

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. today, June 13, 2016, releases will remain 5,700 cfs until further notice.  All times identified are local time (Mountain Prevailing Time) and not hour ending.

Regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

14:08h

Fontenelle Dam

6.13.2016

The flows out of Fontenelle Dam have risen about 2200 cfs in a period of about 48 hours. This was exactly what Bureau of Reclamation planned last week. We are going to be opting not to guide there for the next few days, at least, until the water/fish settle down/in. We are still in runoff mode and our operation will be moving to wherever the fishing is the best. Please give us a call @ 307-739-7020 to get the up to the minute reports.

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                      Flows out of Fontenelle Dam

20:46h

Fontenelle Reservoir

6.9.2016

Hello:

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6497.83 ft (82% full) and releases are approximately 2,900 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 7,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) and will continue increasing with spring inflows.

Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the increased snowmelt runoff.

Therefore, beginning tomorrow, Friday, June 10, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 5,000 cfs according to the following schedule:   

Fontenelle Dam Fly fishing Guides

Release Chart

Regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

20:08h

Fontenelle Reservoir

6.1.2016

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6493.61 ft (73% full) and releases are approximately 2,600 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and will continue increasing with forecasted precipitation and increasing runoff.

The forecasted April-July inflow volume has increased substantially since early May, and temperatures are expected to increase initiating snowmelt runoff rather than precipitation increases. Fontenelle  Reservoir shall be operated to accommodate the increased snowmelt runoff.

Therefore, beginning Monday, June 6, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 2,900 cfs according to the following schedule:    

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016, releases will remain 2,900 cfs until further notice.   All times identified in this directive are local time (Mountain Prevailing Time) and not hour ending.

Regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

23:04h

Fontenelle Reservoir

5.17.2016

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6488.74 ft (63% full) and releases are approximately 2,000 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 3,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) and will continue increasing with forecasted precipitation and increasing runoff.

Due to recent storm activity, the forecasted April-July inflow volume has increased substantially since early May, and the official forecast issued in mid-May increased from 530,000 acre-feet to 650,000 acre-feet (90 percent of average). Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the increased forecast.

Therefore, beginning Monday, May 23, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 2,600 cfs according to the following schedule:    

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 24, 2016, releases will remain 2,600 cfs until further notice.  All times identified in this directive are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

Regards,

Heather

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

6:15h

Fontenelle

5.16.2016

Flows: 1700

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Every picture tells a story

The net width is 20″!

Fishing has been great this spring below the Fontenelle Dam and with the current snowpack, rains etc., the water supply looks to be ample for another great season!

We now have a riverside camping option this season to enjoy! We have a new Pop Up camper that has 2 separate sleeping ares, a shower and grill so we can cook up a killer dinner! There is a chef available to make breakfast and dinners too!

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Riverside Camping

 

Give us a call to book your trip @ 307-739-7020

 

22:50h

Fontenelle

5.11.2016

Hello:

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6485.9 ft (58% full) and releases will be 1,700 cfs beginning on May 13, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.  The recent storms have increased the Fontenelle runoff forecast approximately 150,000 acre-feet over the April-July period, and another storm system is expected this weekend.  

Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the current increase in precipitation.

Therefore, beginning Monday, May 16, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle shall be increased to 2,000 cfs according to the following schedule:                                                                                                              

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

 

 

Change

(cfs)

 

Final Release

(cfs)

5/16/2016

0800

1700

+150

1850

5/16/2016

1600

1850

+150

2000


After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2016, releases shall remain 2,000 cfs until further notice.  All times identified in this directive are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.  Releases will likely vary throughout May and June in response to observed hydrology.  

Thank you,

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

21:27h

Fontenelle

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6483.8 ft (54% full) and releases are approximately 950 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and will continue increasing with recent precipitation.

 Due to recent storm activity, the forecasted April-July inflow volume has increased substantially since early May, and it is anticipated that the official forecast issued in mid-May will be higher. Fontenelle shall be operated to accommodate the current increase in precipitation.

 Therefore, beginning Wedneday, May 11, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 1,700 cfs according to the following schedule:                              

                                                                                   

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

 

 

Change

(cfs)

 

Final Release

(cfs)

5/11/2016

0800

950

+100

1050

5/11/2016

1600

2000

+100

1150

5/12/2016

0800

2200

 

 

+100

 

1250

5/12/2016

1600

2400

 

 

+100

 

1350

5/13/2016

0800

2600

 

 

+150

 

1500

5/13/2016

1600

2800

 

 

+200

 

1700


After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, releases will remain 1,700 cfs until further notice.   All times identified are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

Releases will likely vary throughout May and June in response to observed hydrology. Due to the early spring runoff, it is anticipated that releases will be reduced beginning in July, and will likely reach baseflow levels in early August.  This is subject to change as additional information becomes available. 

Thank you,

Heather E. Patno

Hydraulic Engineer

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

Telephone: (801) 524-3883

21:06h

Fontenelle Wyoming Fishing Report

Fontenelle Wyoming Fishing Report

1.22.2016

Please read below for the latest from the Bureau of Rec which controls the dam at Fontenelle. Let’s all pray for at least a few more good storms to pack the mountains with good snow so the rivers are full all season long! We will continue to update our fishing reports and water/runoff reports. We are booking our spring trips below Fontenelle now so please give us a call to reserve your guide @ 307-739-7020.

Hi Rhett,

Good to hear from you! Fontenelle is currently down to ~6482 ft, which is about 52% of capacity. Since it’s relatively small, we draw it down pretty far over the winter to make space for spring runoff–we aim to get it down around 6468 ft by April 1st. Right now it looks like we’ll come in a little high because inflows have, to date, been higher than anticipated. Releases will stay constant at 950 cfs until April, when we’ll (hopefully) start to ramp up with the snow melt inflows. The forecast center has projected April-July runoff inflows at about 71% of average, due to the below average snowpack in the Green River Basin. Of course, that could easily change if we get a few good storms. Let me know if you have any additional questions!

Have a great weekend,

Lee Elizabeth Traynham, P.E.
Civil Engineer/Hydrologist
Bureau of Reclamation

22:02h

Fontenelle

10.14.2015

Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6492.8 ft (72% full).  The current rate of inflow is roughly 760 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 660 cfs to 870 cfs.  Weather conditions are expected to continue to be dry and the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center has forecasted fall reservoir inflows that are below average. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.

Beginning Monday, October 19, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 950 cfs according to the following schedule:

 

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

 

 

Change

(cfs)

 

Final Release

(cfs)

10/19/2015

0800

1020

 

 

-70

 

950

After the final change at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015, releases will remain at 950 cfs until further notice.  All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

It is currently anticipated that releases will be maintained at a baseflow of 950 cfs until Spring 2016. This is subject to change based on observed hydrology.

19:28h

Fontenelle

8.25.2015

Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6498.1 ft (82% full).  The current rate of inflow is roughly 870 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 680 cfs to 870 cfs.  Weather conditions are expected to continue to be mild and dry and the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center has forecasted late summer reservoir inflows that are below average. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.

Beginning Monday, August 31st, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 1,020 cfs according to the following schedule:

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

 

 

Change

(cfs)

 

Final Release

(cfs)

8/31/2015

0800

1200

 

 

-90

 

1110

8/31/2015

1600

1110

 

 

-90

 

1020

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31st, 2015, releases will remain at 1,020 cfs until further notice.  All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

It is currently anticipated that releases will be maintained at a baseflow of 1,020 cfs until Spring 2016. This is subject to change based on observed hydrology.

As a reminder, the next Fontenelle Working Group meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, August 26, 2015, at 10:00 am.  Please note that the meeting location has changed. The meeting will now be held at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 351 W. Astle Avenue, Green River, WY 82935. The Fontenelle Working Group is an open public forum for information exchange between Reclamation and other parties associated with the operation of Fontenelle Reservoir.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (801) 524-3716.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Lee Elizabeth Traynham, P.E.

Civil Engineer/Hydrologist

Bureau of Reclamation

ltraynham@usbr.gov

(801) 524-3716

(801) 419-4778 (cell)

19:55h

Fontenelle

Hello:

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6500.4 ft (87% full). The rate of inflow is roughly 980 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 900 cfs to 1,020 cfs. Weather conditions are expected to continue to be relatively cool and dry, though strong storms continue to track southeast of the basin. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center has forecasted late summer reservoir inflows that are below average. Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the anticipated hydrologic conditions.

Beginning Monday, August 17th, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 1,200 cfs according to the following schedule:

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

Change

(cfs)

Final Release

(cfs)

8/17/2015

0800

1500

-150

1350

8/17/2015

1600

1350

-150

1200

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17th, 2015, releases will remain at 1,200 cfs until further notice. All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.
It is anticipated that releases will be further reduced to a baseflow near 1,000 cfs at the end of August. This is subject to change based on observed hydrology.

Note that technical issues will prevent the Reclamation website for Fontenelle from being updated with the latest information for the foreseeable future. As a reminder, the next Fontenelle Working Group meeting is scheduled for August 26, 2015, at 10:00 am. Please note that the meeting location has changed. The meeting will now be held at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 351 W. Astle Avenue, Green River, WY 82935. The Fontenelle Working Group is an open public forum for information exchange between Reclamation and other parties associated with the operation of Fontenelle Reservoir.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (801) 524-3716. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Lee Elizabeth Traynham, P.E.
Civil Engineer/Hydrologist
Bureau of Reclamation

20:02h

Fontenelle

Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6498.5 ft (83% full). Operations described in the previous notification issued July 1, 2015 are unchanged, such that releases will be reduced to power plant capacity (~1,700 cfs) by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 8th. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.

Spring runoff inflows peaked above 7,500 cfs in mid-June, and reservoir inflows have declined since that time. The current rate of inflow is roughly 1,950 cfs, with recent daily averages ranging from 2,080 cfs to 2,400 cfs. While weather conditions are expected to be relatively cool and wet this week, the forecasted inflow volume for July has decreased significantly, as indicated by the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the anticipated hydrologic conditions.

Beginning Thursday, July 9th, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 1,200 cfs according to the following schedule:

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

Change

(cfs)

Final Release

(cfs)

7/9/2015

0800

PP (~1700)

-150

1550

7/9/2015

1600

1550

-150

1400

7/10/2015

0800

1400

-100

1300

7/10/2015

1600

1300

-100

1200

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10th, 2015, releases will remain at 1,200 cfs until further notice. All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (801) 524-3716. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Lee Elizabeth Traynham, P.E.
Civil Engineer (Hydrology)
Bureau of Reclamation

1:56h

Fontenelle

7.2.2015

Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6499.8 ft (86% full) and declining. Releases will be reduced to 2,900 cfs by the end of the day. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.

Spring runoff has peaked and reservoir inflows continue to decline. The current rate of inflow is roughly 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 2,240 cfs to 3,680 cfs. Weather conditions are expected to be warm and relatively dry for the next two weeks. Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the current hydrologic conditions.

Beginning Monday, July 6th, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to power plant capacity (approximately 1,700 cfs) according to the following schedule:

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

Change

(cfs)

Final Release

(cfs)

7/6/2015

0800

2900

-200

2700

7/6/2015

1600

2700

-200

2500

7/7/2015

0800

2500

-200

2300

7/7/2015

1600

2300

-200

2100

7/8/2015

0800

2100

-200

1900

7/8/2015

1600

1900

-200

PP (~1,700 cfs)

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015, releases will remain at power plant capacity (~1,700 cfs) until further notice.  All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

22:25h

Fontenelle

Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6503.4 ft (94% full) and declining. Releases will be reduced to 5,000 cfs by the end of the day. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.

Spring runoff has peaked and reservoir inflows continue to decline. The current rate of inflow is roughly 3,290 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 3,680 cfs to 7,090 cfs. Weather conditions are expected to be warm and dry for the next two weeks and Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the current hydrologic conditions.

Beginning Monday, June 29th, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 2,900 cfs according to the following schedule:

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

Change

(cfs)

Final Release

(cfs)

6/29/2015

0800

5000

-350

4650

6/29/2015

1600

4650

-350

4300

6/30/2015

0800

4300

-350

3950

6/30/2015

1600

3950

-350

3600

7/1/2015

0800

3600

-350

3250

7/1/2015

1600

3250

-350

2900

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, releases will remain at 2,900 cfs until further notice.  All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (801) 524-3716.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Lee Elizabeth Traynham, P.E.
Civil Engineer (Hydrology)
Bureau of Reclamation
ltraynham@usbr.gov

19:30h

Fontenelle

Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6504.9 ft (98% full) and releases are currently 6,500 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 4,960 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 5,090 cfs to 7,280 cfs.

Spring runoff has peaked and reservoir inflows have begun to decline. Weather conditions are expected to be warm and dry for the next two weeks. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.

Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the current hydrologic conditions. Beginning Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 5,000 cfs according to the following schedule:

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

Change

(cfs)

Final Release

(cfs)

6/23/2015

0800

6500

-250

6250

6/23/2015

1600

6250

-250

6000

6/24/2015

0800

6000

-250

5750

6/24/2015

1600

5750

-250

5500

6/25/2015

0800

5500

-250

5250

6/25/2015

1600

5250

-250

5000

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25th, 2015, releases will remain at 5,000 cfs until further notice.  All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

Releases are generally expected to decline through the end of June and into July. This is subject to change as additional information becomes available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (801) 524-3716.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Lee Elizabeth Traynham, P.E.
Civil Engineer (Hydrology)
Bureau of Reclamation
ltraynham@usbr.gov

20:15h

Fontenelle

6.15.2015

See the information below on the reduction of flows from the Fontenelle Dam, which should help the fishing conditions out tremendously!

Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6505.1 ft (98% full) and releases are currently 7,000 cfs. The current rate of inflow is roughly 7,480 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 6,440 cfs to 7,520 cfs.

Spring runoff has likely peaked and weather conditions are expected to be warm and relatively dry for the next two weeks. It is anticipated that reservoir inflows will begin to decline as result. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.

Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the current hydrologic conditions. Beginning Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 6,000 cfs according to the following schedule:

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

Change

(cfs)

Final Release

(cfs)

6/16/2015

0800

7000

-250

6750

6/16/2015

1600

6750

-250

6500

6/17/2015

0800

6500

-250

6250

6/17/2015

1600

6250

-250

6000

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, releases will remain at 6,000 cfs until further notice.  All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

Releases will likely vary throughout June in response to observed hydrology. Releases are generally expected to decline through the end of June and into July. This is subject to change as additional information becomes available.

20:57h

Fontenelle

6.8.2015

Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6504.6 ft (97% full) and releases will reach 6,000 cfs this evening. The current rate of inflow is roughly 7,060 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 4,400 cfs to 7,120 cfs.

Due to recent warm temperatures and storm activity, as well as an increasing probability of precipitation later this week, reservoir inflows are forecast to remain between 6,000 and 7,000 cfs through the week. Fontenelle shall be operated to accommodate the current hydrologic conditions. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.

The release schedule issued on June 5th, 2015 will be maintained, such that after the change at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 releases will be 6,500 cfs. Beginning Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 7,000 cfs according to the following schedule:

Date

Time

MST

Initial Release

(cfs)

Change

(cfs)

Final Release

(cfs)

6/09/2015

1600

6500

+500

7000

After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, releases will remain at 7,000 cfs until further notice.  All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.

Releases will likely vary throughout June in response to observed hydrology. Current weather forecasts suggest that above average precipitation may continue for the foreseeable future, and reservoir releases may remain elevated as a result. This is subject to change as additional information becomes available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (801) 524-3716.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Lee Elizabeth Traynham, P.E.
Civil Engineer (Hydrology)
Bureau of Reclamation