UPDATED, Friday 10 a.m.–Yes, it was a record flow yesterday, but a record flow for this date. The current flow of over 1200 cfs is also a record dating back to the 1900’s, before there was even a dam on the river.

UPDATED 7:15 p.m.–It’s even wilder than we thought out here at Lake Elsinore. A new all-time (as far as records have been kept) flow has been measured coming into the lake–2,320 cubic feet per second, surpassing the 1750 cfs from 1916.

The chart posted now reflects the most up-to-date measurements, including those I talked about this morning. There was a huge surge of water coming over the Canyon Lake spillway late this afternoon.

As no surprise and welcomed by all in the recreation world, this week’s pounding rain in SoCal is especially beneficial to the Southland’s largest natural lake: Elsinore. Sometime last night Canyon Lake up the San Jacinto River began to spill and the chart to the right shows a progression of flow downstream from the dam.

At 10 a.m. the water district reported the Canyon Lake level (1381.76 spillway) at 1382.6, almost a foot higher. That reservoir is on the San Jacinto and is also the terminus for the smaller Salt Creek.

The flows at 6:30 a.m. this morning topped out at 300 cubic feet per second, but the numbers have steadily jumped. The updated chart shows the result of the week of storms. And of course, there is more rain expected in the next 24 hours.

Here are a couple of shots. One is from this morning. It compares to the churning waters this afternoon. Electricity was knocked out so I couldn’t post earlier.

Tomorrow morning I’ll try and put together a view of the changes (which are not a lot yet as far as vertical feet, but looking good with run-0ff over the next 10 days or so.)


6 Responses to “Lake Elsinore gets all-time record inflows!”

Salt creek is blown out, so Elsinore should fill up. Now only if they could get some of that water to DVL!!

by George Kramer

If not directly, Guy, then somewhere in the MWD system so that they can get it over there for storage. These measurements coming to the natural lake are unheard of. 🙂

Just think of the fresh stocking of bass your getting too with the water GK. I remember the last time Canyon overflowed like this (well maybe not as bad) Elsinore got a lot of small bass with the water, I’m sure that will happen again!! Enjoy the new natural stocking of bass Elsinore, keep them safe and feed them plenty!!!

by George Kramer

Yeah! I tell my buddies from CL that when I stand on the bridge I like to point at the 5- to 7-pounders going by. 🙂

close it.

If you zoom in close to those photos, you can see a family of endangered Kangaroo Rats frantically swimming to get out of the wash. 🙂