The Corps of Engineers expects a summer of lower-than-average levels on Lake Sakakawea.
In its April forecast for the Missouri River system, the Corps predicts Sakakawea will average about five feet lower than its level of one year ago.
That means the big lake is expected to be at about 18-29-and a half feet as of May First, rise to about 18-31 in June and July, and drop to around 18-29 by fall.
Those predications are based on an average climate for the next several months.
The Corps also issues predictions based on higher and lower inflows to the lake.
Under those predictions, Lake Sakakawea could be between 18-25 and 18-38 by June of this year.
The long-term average for the lake in June is 18-36.6.
Lake Sakakawea stands at 18-27.2 feet as of today.