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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up when will they pull barren down ??? and how long does it take

    ?????? how many days to get it down
    Last edited by bassmanshawn; 10-16-2011 at 06:49 PM.

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    Re: when will they pull barren down ???

    Should have started yesterday, the 15th of October.

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    Re: when will they pull barren down ???

    Quote Originally Posted by maximus21 View Post
    Should have started yesterday, the 15th of October.
    how long does it take?

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    Re: when will they pull barren down ??? and how long does it take

    Summer pool is 552 and winter pool is 525 so that means the draw down will be 27 ft. "normally" on Sept 15 they barley open the main gate and draw down 2 ft over the period of two weeks + or - a few days. Then on Oct 15 they "normally" open the main gate and start the main draw down. Per: corps web site on 10-16 the main gate was set on .40 with a discharge of 1800cfs which resulted in the lake falling .39 which = around 5 inches. "normally" they will increase the discharge rate to .60 and when they do that the lake willl fall about 7 inches per day.

    With that being said the lake is at 549 on 10-16 so it should take around 50 days + or - pending future gate setting. If we get enough rain to make the inflow greater than the out flow obviously it will take longer to reach winter pool. Within 30 days you should see a big differance and by the 1st of Dec it "should" be close to winter pool.

    I have fished Barren for many years and it is always very low by thanksgiving and at winter pool by mid december. May 2010 when the big flood came the lake rose 20 ft in a 24 hour period so that means mother nature can put the draw down behind schedule in a hurry.

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    Re: when will they pull barren down ??? and how long does it take

    R19, you are correct for the most part, but these days they normally stop the draw down around 528 feet. Yes I know most sources say 525 but you how the government is. For some reason they just have not changed the numbers on the information available. Last year on December 15 it was at 529 and they lowered it to 528.5 and it bounced around in that area for a long time. If it rains they open it up more until they get close to 528 and then close it down some. You are 150% correct when you say the weather can make big changes in the water level overnight at Barren River Lake.

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    Re: when will they pull barren down ??? and how long does it take

    Yesterday it looked to be down 3-4 foot from summer pool and falling.

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    Re: when will they pull barren down ??? and how long does it take

    Quote Originally Posted by Olgrey View Post
    R19, you are correct for the most part, but these days they normally stop the draw down around 528 feet. Yes I know most sources say 525 but you how the government is. For some reason they just have not changed the numbers on the information available. Last year on December 15 it was at 529 and they lowered it to 528.5 and it bounced around in that area for a long time. If it rains they open it up more until they get close to 528 and then close it down some. You are 150% correct when you say the weather can make big changes in the water level overnight at Barren River Lake.
    Interesting you bring up 528 as being the "new" winter pool level. I too have noticed that in the last couple of years they seem to stop at 528 and hold it at at that level until spring.

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