Lake Level

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAl Doree has been doing volunteer monitoring of lake Shamineau since 2004. One set of data he collects is the level of the lake. Each spring, the DNR sets the height of a gauge on his dock based on a benchmark established  by a three inch bolt in the northeast root of a 1.5′ white pine on the bank near the dock at his residence on East Shamineau Road.

Heavy rains this spring have caused high lake levels, 1276.46 feet above sea level in July, breaking the previous recorded high of 1275.46 feet in 2003.

The OHWL for Lake Shamineau is 1275.1 feet above sea level.

Ordinary High Water Level is the elevation of the highest water level that has been maintained for a sufficient period of time to leave evidence upon the landscape, commonly the point where the natural vegetation changes from predominantly aquatic to predominantly terrestial. OHWL is determined by Minnesota statutes. Click HERE for more detailed information on OHWL.

OHWL is commonly used in public waters work permits and by local zoning authorities to determine lot size, structure setback, and drainfield location and elevation.

OHWL is NOT:
• a runout elevation;
• an average water level;
• an extreme high water level;
• not an arbitrary elevation set by an individual, group or agency.

Water Level Data

Period of record: 09/06/1956 to 10/10/2016
# of readings: 462
Highest recorded: 1276.46 ft (07/12/2014)
Highest known: 1277.6 ft
Lowest recorded: 1270.55 ft (09/06/1962)
Recorded range: 5.91 ft
Last reading: 1276.09 ft (04/24/2017)
Ordinary High Water Level (OHW) elevation: 1275.1 ft

Click to link to the Minnesota DNR Lake Shamineau Lake Water Level page. There you can find lake level summary information and a link to data on the lake from 1956 to present.

Because of a trend in recent years of increasingly high lake levels, a volunteer committee was organized in 2016 to see what can be done about this and the shoreline damages that have occurred. They have been gathering information to assist the Lake Shamineau Lake Improvement District (LSLID) to formulate a plan of action. See the High-Water page for more information on their work.