Douglas Lake


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973.54 FEET
Full Pool: 990.0
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Water Resources Outlook (September 2017)

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 9/26/2017

Water Resources Outlook (September

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Support for survivors

Kamloops This Week

Date: 9/25/2017 7:00:00 AM

The Calling Our Spirits Back healing walk for survivors of Canada’s residential school system left the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups reserve last weekend form a two-day journey to the Upper Nicola communities at Quilchena

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Access to water trial reopened; fish and game club battling Douglas Lake Cattle Company

Kamloops This Week

Date: 9/10/2017 3:28:00 PM

Douglas Lake Ranch manager Joe Gardner (in hat) chatted with participants prior to a court viewing of the sprawling property in May. This locked gate is the disputed entrance to what the ranch calls its private property — and what members of the Nicola

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New evidence accepted in court battle over public access to Nicola Valley lakes

Meritt Herald

Date: 9/8/2017 5:53:00 PM

New evidence from the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club has been introduced in the civil trial between the club and the Douglas Lake Cattle Company over public access to two area lakes. Eight pictures taken on the Douglas Lake Ranch were accepted into

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More algae advisories issued for area lakes

Meritt Herald

Date: 9/7/2017 5:30:00 PM

According to the band, an algae bloom was found in Chapperon Lake on Sept. 4. Back in August, the band discovered a blue-green algae bloom at the mouth of Douglas Lake where it enters the Nicola River, and a number of fish carcusses were found nearby

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• River: French Broad River
• Length: 550 Miles
• Surface Area: 30,400 Acres
• Volume: 1,514,100 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 4,541 Square Miles
• Length: 43 Miles

Size & Depth - 30,400 acres with a maximum depth of 140 feet. The lake extends 43.1 miles upstream from the Douglas Dam.

Water Source - An impoundment of the French Broad River completed in 1943. The Nolichucky and Pigeon rivers are the primary tributaries, and there are numerous small inlet creeks.

During rainy seasons, it is not uncommon for the lake to rise as much as 15 to 20 feet in a day or two, if heavy rains occur in the nearby Appalachians. Summer levels are usually relatively stable.

Water - Very fertile and green in color. Water clarity is greatest near the dam, while the upper sections of the lake are usually stained. In general, the lake stains easily following heavy rains due to the muddy bottom. Thermal stratification (thermocline) usually develops in the summer months. Dissolved oxygen becomes depleted below the thermocline during late summer (July and August), making fishing tough until cooler fall weather arrives.

Bottom - Mostly silt and clay with some areas of rock outcroppings and bluffs.

Shoreline - Only about 17% of the shoreline is developed; the remainder is controlled by the TVA. Rolling hills of farmland and residential areas surround the lake.

Cover - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has placed many fish attractors in the lake, mainly in the backs of hollows where they are marked by signs or buoys.

At full pool, downed trees along the bank offer cover for gamefish. In winter or spring, before the lake rises, cover is scarce and fish are found on channel drop-offs and rock outcroppings. Timber was cut prior to flooding, leaving numerous stump-covered flats. Due to the large drawdown, aquatic vegetation is lacking.
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