Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association
Kim Johnston with People and Carnivores
Help us prevent conflicts with bears around Georgetown Lake. People and Carnivores is available to help any resident with information and resources on how to reduce the chance for conflicts with bears at your home and in your neighborhood. For information on resources including bear-resistant garbage canisters, contact Kim Johnston, large carnivore specialist
406-599-9424 or email email@example.com
Visit www.peopleandcarnivores.org/bearsmart to learn more
Checkout the WILDLIFE section below for more information.
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 – March 3, 2024
Current Lake Elevation 6429.11 (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is much higher than normal for this time of year, based on 80 years’ worth of lake elevation data. It is currently higher than the highest recorded February elevation since 1940 (6429.04 ft at end of February 2006).
Elevation and Inputs
The lake elevation has remained high, above average and near record since the last update at the end of November/start of December 2023. For the first month of the new year, the lake elevation decreased for the first time since September from 6429.20 ft to 6429.14 ft. The January 31 ending elevation set the new January record since lake elevation has been recorded (record goes back to 1940). Granite County has been operating under a Temporary Modification all winter so that outflows can exceed 10 cfs and more closely match inflows. Inflows to the lake have been abnormally high this winter. In January the lake lost 179 acre-ft to create some space for potential runoff or flood capture in the spring. January average monthly outflows of 24.6 cfs were greater than inflows making the average total lake inputs equal to 21.7 cfs. The inflows were 78% of normal for January but have been at or greater than 100% for most of the winter (including February thus far).
Estimated daily inflows have been declining since early January when they averaged around 30 cfs. Near the end of February inflows seem to be holding in the 15-20 cfs range on a daily basis. There do seem to be distinct weather events (precipitation or warming) that create short peaks of higher inflows, the last one occurred Feb. 5 – 8.
In January, the Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site accumulated 1.0 inches of precipitation (which is 71% of normal for the month). This follows a statewide trend of much lower than normal precipitation that has persisted all winter. Snowpack currently is at 5.3 inches which is 76% of normal for the end of January. The Warm Springs SNOTEL site, which gives an idea of the higher elevation precipitation conditions, accumulated 2.2 inches of precipitation in January (63% of normal). Warm Springs currently has 9.4 inches of Snow Water Equivalent (SWE), which is 62% of normal for end of January.
The latest CPC climate forecast (created February 15, 2024) shows above average air temperatures and approximately normal precipitation for the 1-month outlook. The 3-month outlook shows above average temperatures and lower than normal precipitation. The 1-week forecast for Philipsburg is showing highs in the 40’s F and lows in the 20’s F. There is a chance of precipitation early in the week but the warmer highs could keep this from contributing to lower elevation snowpack.
The water surface elevation sits at 6429.11 feet as of today (2/18/2024). I used the end of January lake level of 6429.14 ft for this model run. Given the current inflows and projected weather over the next few months, I am using 92% of normal for inflows. This value most closely matched the inflows we’ve seen for the first 18 days of February. This model run includes the increase of outflows requested by Granite County to 35 cfs from Feb. 18 to the end of the month to create freeboard for potential spring floods. The projected impact of this release on lake level is not detrimental to filling the lake (right now). The projected freeboard by the end of February and into March is not so extreme that quickly reducing outflows in March and April could still make up for the poor snowpack conditions. This also leaves room to capture any spring rainfall events or reduce lake level if necessary. In other words, we have time AND options at this point. As always, frequent assessment of conditions between now and June will be critical to react to the developing water supply conditions. Having the lake at record elevation provides a lot of flexibility going into what most certainly will be a disappointing spring runoff season.
Todd Blythe, Montana DNRC; Water Sciences Bureau; 406-438-0717; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Help us prevent conflicts with bears around Georgetown Lake. People and Carnivores is available to help any resident with information and resources on how to reduce the chance for conflicts with bears at your home and in your neighborhood.
For information on resources including bear-resistant garbage canisters, contact Kim Johnston, large carnivore specialist, 406-599-9424 or email email@example.com
Visit www.peopleandcarnivores.org/bearsmart to learn more.
At Home Bear Safety Toolkit
We developed one toolkit for Homeowners & Residents in Bear Country with a flyer with bear aware information, a bear-safe property checklist, information on where to get bear-resistant garbage canisters and other resources to reduce conflicts with bears.
Vacation Rentals in Bear Country toolkit
We also created a toolkit for vacation rental properties, that has information for the property owner along with materials they can put in the rental for their guests with reminders to not leave attractants outside. We've seen a growing number of vacation rental properties where guests are leaving coolers on the porch and leaving the trash cans overflowing and not locking the lids, even when they have bear-resistant cans. We created stickers to go on the bear cans with a reminder for guests to keep them locked and not overfill, along with a magnet and other materials with helpful tips.
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 Homeowner’s Association do for our community?
Water Management: We are on a committee that advises Granite County on lake management. We cosponsored and participated in a Clean Lake Study to assure our lake is healthy. It is!
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 issues: 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.
We support the Georgetown Lake Fire Department with equipment donations and funding for equipment for the Emergency Response Unit.
We have had a member sit on the Granite County Planning Board to guide development at the lake.
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.
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.
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.
GLHA offers a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of person or persons damaging a member’s property.
We welcome new members to help us with these endeavors. The cost of membership is $50. 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.