This 7-day storm series (though not quite the biblical 40 days and 40 nights) has been as contrary to global prognosticators as any could imagine. But the impact is going to be vital to any local waterways that are able to catch the run-off.

The accompanying Water District photo was forwarded by Pat Kilroy of the Aquatic Resources (and parks and recreation) in the City of Lake Elsinore and it shows the magnitude of the spillage from the Canyon Lake Dam.

The other photos are that water roaring (and that din is the part of this you just don’t get with a still photo) where the San Jacinto River flows into Lake Elsinore. According to the flow reports, these are the highest recorded for this date since 1922.

8000 CFS arriving at Lake Elsinore...

For the sake of expression (and of course, the flows won’t always be this strong) Pat offered the following as a means of calculating the effects of the storms on this natural basin across the street:

“At approximately 8,000 CFS
= 3,590,400 gpm (gallons per minute)
= 11 AF/min (Acre-feet per minute)
= 660 AF/hr (Acre-feet per hour)
That’s about 1-ft of Lake-level rise per in 5-hours (Lake Elsinore = 3,100 AF)”

That vertical rise in Lake Elsinore will slow in relation to river flows, but given this is December 2010, and the normal “wettest month” is February, just about any rainfall through next March will expand the lake.

But the same thing is likely to occur in north and east San Diego County. Anyone have any pictures of Hodges, Sutherland or Morena? Have they been affected much? Let me know….


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Reservoirs are benefiting state wide.Here is some news from Santa Margarita.

Here is a link with easy to read data on Nacimiento and San Antonio

i drove around lake hodges today and it has come up quite a bit.the water is back to the level from august. there is massive amounts of water flowing under the 15 freeway into the lake so it should continue to rise signifcantly. might take a drive to sutherland tomorrow and check it out.

Heard Hodges, which was way down from the 15, is now up way past it. It does not take too many feet for that to happen, but it’s a great sign. Love to see it full again, the fishing back in the trees is a lot of fun, if there is enough water to get back there. Looking good, real good.

Imagine El Cap will fill back up too, it was starting to drop quite a bit in last four months, bet it’s back up to summer levels already. TUL!

Hi George,

Don’t forget that along with the huge volume of water, Lake Elsinore is essentially being stocked with sport fish overflowing from Canyon Lake. It’s a good way to end the year. Happy New Year!


How did Mother Nature wrangle a DFG permit to transport live fish? 😉

El Cap is back up to the highest level of the year – probably a good 5 – 7 verticle feet from just last week. The lower parking lot is gone and we’re inches from loosing the turn-around on the launch ramp. Every feeder creek is still cranking too.

I remember when Elsinore filled from Canyon flooding in about 93-94 time frame. We used to float tube out there and catch lots of fish. Looks like history might repeat itself!