North-Dakota Reservoirs

Water Levels Capacity Storage
June 9 2023

north-dakota Reservoir Report

June 9 2023

North Dakota has several major reservoirs, including Lake Sakakawea, Devils Lake, and Lake Ashtabula. Lake Sakakawea is the largest reservoir in the state and is fed by the Missouri River. Devils Lake is a closed basin and is fed by several smaller streams and rivers. Lake Ashtabula is also fed by the Sheyenne River. The hydrology in North Dakota is primarily influenced by the Missouri River and its tributaries, as well as precipitation events. Snowpack and mountains are not major factors in the state. In recent years, North Dakota has experienced several record-level floods, including those in 2011 and 2019. However, the state has also experienced periods of drought, which can impact reservoir levels and water availability for agriculture and other uses. Seasonal trends in streamflow typically follow a pattern of higher flows in the spring during snowmelt and lower flows in the summer and fall months.

Location Observation 24hr Change (%) Percent Normal (%) Elevation (ft)
Dry Lake Near Penn
North-Dakota ID 05056241
50 ft 0.14 100 1445.96
Devils Lake Nr Devils Lake
North-Dakota ID 05056500
50 ft 0.16 101 1445.96
Homme Reservoir Nr Park River
North-Dakota ID 05088500
0 in None None 1082.29
East Branch Short Creek Res Nr Columbus
North-Dakota ID 05113750
28 ft -0.07 101 1887.17
Lake Darling Near Foxholm
North-Dakota ID 05115500
1,595 ft 0 100 1597.36

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Largest Reservoirs

By water storage capacity

The USA is home to many of the largest dams in the world, providing essential services such as water storage, hydropower generation, and flood control. Among them, Oroville Dam stands out as the tallest dam in the United States, located in northern California. Another famous dam is the Hoover Dam, located on the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. It is a major tourist attraction and an engineering marvel of the modern era, providing hydropower and water storage for millions of people.

Other notable dams in the USA include the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, which is the second-highest concrete arch dam in the country, and the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington, which is the largest electric power-producing facility in the USA. These dams are a critical component of the country's infrastructure, providing essential services for the economy, society, and the environment.

Reservoir Storage Capacity (acre-ft)

Drought Levels

By water storage capacity

The number and distribution of dams and reservoirs in the USA have been significantly impacted by climate change. The changing climate has led to changes in precipitation patterns, increased evaporation rates, and more frequent and severe droughts and floods in certain regions. These factors have influenced the management and operations of dams and reservoirs across the country.

Reservoir Storage Capacity (acre-ft) Percent of Normal (%)

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