Water levels are always changing, but not always as a result of Mother Nature.
The water level on Koshlong Lake is controlled by Parks Canada via a Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) dam located on the southwest end of the lake, which flows into the Burnt River, and from there into the TSW. Parks Canada uses Koshlong as a reservoir, lowering the lake in summer to maintain sufficient draught for the main navigation channel on the canal portion of the TSW. During the control period, the water level in Koshlong varies between its highest in April/May to its lowest in October. The average change in water level between the high and low water marks is approximately 1 metre.Parks Canada also provides a drawdown forecast for all lakes in the Trent-Severn waterway. A more up-to-date report of water levels on Koshlong can be found by visiting the Water Management Infonet section at Parks Canada. The following chart is an example: the orange line depicts the multi-year average water level on Koshlong Lake since 1988; the red line (maximum) and green line (minimum) shows the potential variability of water levels recorded over the same period. The blue line indicates current water levels as of April 2021.
The chart below shows the interconnectivity of the lakes and rivers in the TWS. Koshlong feeds into the system via the Burnt River watershed, depicted in the orange area at the top of the chart.
For more information about water levels on the TSW, visit the Coalition for Equitable Water Flow.