Winter Drawdown 2020

Every year Lake Burton is drawn down in the fall to accommodate the historically high rainfall months.   This drawdown is called the “Winter Rule Curve” and is a part of the requirements of our License to generate electricity with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Lake Burton “Winter Rule Curve” annual drawdown schedule:

November 1, 2020 – Lake starts down gradually from Normal (1865.0 elevation)
December 31, 2020 – Lake is 7’ feet down (1858.0 elevation)
February 1, 2021 – Lake starts up from (1858.0 elevation)
March 1, 2021 – Lake is within 5 feet of Normal pool (1860.0 elevation)
May 1, 2021 – Lake is back to Normal summer pool (1865.0 elevation)

The depth of the lake off of our dock is 19′. This would mean boat access is a possibility year round even though launching points around the Lake are somewhat restricted – the one at Murray Cove is available year round, and the marinas will be closed beginning November 1st.

Because of covid-19, the use of lake houses has increased significantly in popularity. Whether this will affect the policies at the marinas has yet to be determined.

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