Grey Reef flush-2015
The Grey Reef flush began at midnight. It will probably be a bit off color but by 10 am the flows will be back down to 500cfs. This is when the upper Grey Reef is usually fishable again. The fishing after the 1st day of the flush is usually great as the high flows kick up a lot of food for the fish. Please keep in mind that it takes a while for the sections downstream of the upper Grey Reef to drop to it’s normal flows.
-Grey Reef Flush Information from the Bureau of Reclamation
MILLS, Wyo. — The Bureau of Reclamation, in response to a request from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has scheduled a series of fluctuating flows in the North Platte River downstream of Gray Reef Dam, according to Deputy Area Manager Lyle Myler.
“The purpose of the fluctuations is to improve trout reproduction in the river,” Myler said. This spring, the Wyoming Game & Fish has requested flows for ten consecutive days. The Wyoming Game & Fish will collect data before, during, and after the flushing flow in order to evaluate its effectiveness.
On March 16, flows in the river below Gray Reef Dam will fluctuate from 500 cfs to 4000 cfs according to the following schedule:
||GRAY REEF OUTFLOWS (cfs)
|00:01 to 01:00 a.m.
|01:00 to 03:00 a.m.
|03:00 to 07:00 a.m.
|07:00 to 08:00 a.m.
|08:00 to 09:00 a.m.
|09:00 to 10:00 a.m.
|10:00 to midnight
This schedule will be repeated daily on March 16 through March 25. After completing the flushing flow on March 25, the flows below Gray Reef Dam will return to 500 cfs. The schedule may be modified depending on river ice conditions.
The flushing flows are expected to clean the spawning gravels of fine sediment which has accumulated over the winter. The fluctuations in the river flow will be achieved without loss of power generation and the water released from Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in Glendo Reservoir.
The public is urged to use caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Gray Reef Dam.
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