Canyons, Glaciers, and Reservoirs, Oh My!

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:52pm

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Sonja Wolke

Every Thursday I’ve been posting Current Conditions reports at a couple sites downstream of Island Park (IP) Reservoir, which provide information to the general public about inflows and outflows, anticipated irrigation delivery, and average water temperatures. These are particularly important to anglers because different conditions within the river can affect fishing.

Anglers floating in Box Canyon

Last week, I visited Box Canyon as the last stop on my round, and was able to see water being released from the reservoir. On this day (July 11th) the outflow was 1,095 cfs.

GIF of water flowing out of Island Park Dam

I had been receiving Rob’s water supply email updates before my arrival in Ashton, so to finally see the IP Reservoir in person after hearing about it referenced so frequently was a cool experience.  Having grown up on the east coast, I had little prior knowledge about irrigation and how water delivery for agricultural purposes worked. It has been interesting to learn about that and how the outflow from this site is specifically rationed for different purposes.

Cloudy day at Island Park Reservoir with Sawtelle Peak in the background

Apart from my new posting route, my video celebrating our community campus Open House has been uploaded! You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkmK0yoLBS8&t=11s. Last weekend, a couple other interns and I visited Glacier National Park in Montana which was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The following pictures are from our time hiking and fishing during the trip.