Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association
Georgetown Lake Volunteer Fire Department
The fire hall can now host your community events including meetings and weddings. Please contact Fred to discuss your ideas as to how you might use the fire hall.
Fred Bjorklund, Fire Chief
Anaconda Sheriff Dept
Please call 911 if a crime is in progress, someone is hurt or threatened, a weapon has been used or is present, or for any other emergency situation.
If you have an emergency. please dial 911
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
GEORGETOWN LAKE UPDATE – January 9, 2023
Current Lake Elevation 6428.03 (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is below average for this time of year, based on 80 years’ worth of lake elevation data.
Elevation and Inputs
From November 30, 2022 to the last day of 2022 (Dec. 31) the water surface increased from 6427.85 to 6428.01 feet. For the first 8 days of 2023 (Jan 1 – 8) lake elevation has remained stable, only increasing slightly. Inflows for this time averaged about 13.6 cfs with a spike on the 1st and 2nd and then stabilizing at around 11 – 12 cfs.
The lake gained 446-acre feet of storage from November 30 to December 31, 2022. Storage gains averaged -7.26 cfs. The lake was gaining more than the average monthly December outflow of 9.36 cfs, with total lake inputs equal to 16.62 cfs. The inflows were 64% of normal for December. The inflows continue to be less than normal for this time of year but have been stable so far this winter.
The lake is frozen, as is normal this time of year.
In December, the Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site received 1.4 inches of precipitation (which is 78% of normal). All of this moisture fell as snow, increasing the total snow water equivalent (SWE) at Peterson Meadows to 4.4 inches (105% of normal for end of December). The Warm Springs SNOTEL site gained 3.2 inches (80% of normal), increasing SWE to 8 inches (87% of normal). November and early December had above average snowfall but around Dec. 14th precipitation and snow accumulation slowed significantly.
The CPC climate forecast (created December 15, 2022) shows normal air temperatures and normal precipitation for the 1-month outlook in January. The 3-month outlook shows below average temperatures and above average moisture for January, February, and March. These forecasts are updated around the 20th of each month.
The current Weather Service forecast from the Missoula forecast office for Philipsburg, MT shows only a slight chance of snow for the next week. Highs are predicted to be above freezing.
The water surface elevation sits at 6428.03 feet today, and I used a starting elevation of 6428.01 feet from the USGS gage for December 31. For this run, I used 65% of normal for inflows given that we have seen a consistent 60 – 65% this fall and winter. These inflow conditions are unlikely to change until later in the spring, which will depend heavily on the rest of the winter snowpack. Even at only 65% inflows and maintaining 10 cfs outflow, we should see the lake reach nearly full pool (again, depending on spring runoff). Although the model runs monthly, I have been assessing inflows at a daily level to better inform outflows this winter, which I discussed earlier in the Elevation and Inputs section of this update.
Protecting Montana's Waters
John O'Bannon AIS Area Supervisor for Southwest Montana, with the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks AIS Bureau, Presented a slide show on protecting Montana's lakes, rivers and streams from invasive mussels, snails and fish at the August Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association meeting and BBQ.
For more information please contact:
To help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species:
1. Help spread the Clean, Drain, Dry message
2. Boats traveling on the Interstate should be inspected prior to launch
3. Aquarium dumping must be STOPPED! Aquariums fish and plants can cause serious damage to our lakes and streams.
Help Protect Our Bears
BEAR PROOF GARBAGE CAN PROJECT
To order your own bear proof garbage can send an email to
Kim Johnston 406-599-9424
FOR SPRING DELIVERY
Send payment with address information to:
People and Carnivores
P.O. Box 6733
Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone: (406) 587-3389
Fax: (406) 587-3178
Montana Sport Fish Consumption Guidelines
What you need to know about Mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants when fishing in Montana. This guide provides information about how to enjoy healthy meals from wild fish caught in Montana.
It provides specific scientific data about the water bodies which have been tested, plus more general information for areas that have not yet been tested.
For more information contact Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
For information on collection and laboratory testing of fish from Montana waters, call MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 406-444-2449.
For information on the health risks of eating fish, call MT Health & Human Services 406-444-2837 or email: HHSFCS@mt.gov.
Or visit the MFWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov/fishing
WHAT DOES THE GEORGETOWN LAKE HOME OWNER’S ASSOCIATION DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY?
Water: We are on a committee that advise Granite County on lake management. We cosponsored and participated in a Clean Lake Study to assure our lake is healthy. It Is!
Zoning: Homeowners at the lake wanted a “soft touch” zoning or development rules so we guided that process through meeting and hearings until that was achieved. ( 3 years).
Wildlife Management: We work closely with FWP and other groups to address wildlife issues in our area. This includes public presentations and promoting good management practices such as bear proof garbage cans.
Volunteer Fire Department: We support the Georgetown Lake Fire Department with equipment donations and funding for equipment for the Emergency Response Unit.
Planning Board: We have had a member sit on the Granite County Planning Board to guide development at the lake.
Meetings: GLHA holds two meetings at the lake every year to keep members informed of current issues. There are usually speakers from various agencies to inform us on topics of interest.
Watershed: GLHA has a representative sit on the Granite County Watershed Committee. This group is designed to preserve and protect the watershed including Georgetown Lake. They also promote maintaining our rural lifestyle.
Flow Gauges: GLHA also shares in the cost of maintaining a USGS flow gauge on Flint Creek. This measures the water coming out of Georgetown Lake on a real time basis. This enables us to monitor management of the reservoir by Granite County.
Membership: We welcome new members to help us with these endeavors. The cost of membership is $25. You can send a check to GLHA, PO Box 643 , Anaconda, Montana 59711. Include your address at the lake and for future mailings, email is appreciated also.