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Lake Level Update from Joe Dion, District Board Chair

Link to the original 1976 lake level documents >

May 6, 2020

This update (link below) from Joe Dion, District Board Chair, includes the response received from the DNR after a request from Rep. Joan Ballweg's office. The inquiry was prompted by messages of concern from Buffalo Lake District members to Rep. Ballweg.

Read the update here >

May 4, 2020

The DNR has been checking the level at the Montello dam, usually on Mondays and Thursdays. They check the gauge on the gate wall and make their adjustments.  They should start raising to the summer level of 8.5 feet on May 30.  The 8.5 feet is the maximum level.


The district has reached out to our attorney for an opinion as to what actions may be taken.  When the board receives this information, we will pass the information to our members.

April 14, 2020

The WDNR is working in accordance with the 1976 agreement.


There was no adjustment made before the Easter weekend but on Monday, April 13, 2020 a large adjustment was made to the gates. As of Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 1 pm the water level was returned to 8.0 foot level.


We will continue to monitor the levels.


The Buffalo Lake District Board will be looking into any options that may be available to stabilize the lake levels.

You may want to contact your state representatives:

Sen. Luther Olsen at

Rep. Joan Ballweg at

April 12, 2020

Many members have questions regarding the lake level and the board has been concerned also. 

A meeting was requested with the DNR and was held in January of this year.  The lake levels were the key point of the meeting.  There was commitment at that time to closely monitor and adjust the levels. 

Until this past week, it was held fairly close to the 8 feet.  This week no action seems to have been taken. 

We will be contacting the DNR on Monday.  The district is also investigating the avenue of reopening the petition for the lake level.

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