Winfield City Lake at its lowest since 1992; City launches new lake-level tracker

The Winfield City Lake, April 2, 2023, when it was 46.5 inches below a full pool. On Monday the lake was 84 inches below a full pool. (Photo by Lacey Andreae)

The City of Winfield has introduced a way for public to track the water level at Winfield City Lake via an up-to-date graph available here.

The water level is currently tracked as “below full pool.” Data is typically added weekly, but may be added more often, the  City says.

“With the extended drought conditions in Cowley County and Upper Timber Creek Watershed Area, the Winfield City Lake is at its lowest level since 1992,” the City said.

The last time the lake had a full pool was July 18, 2022.

Still, the City said there is still a significant supply of water for city residents and businesses.

Lake Level History:

  • June 2023 57.5 inches low
  • April 2013 59.5 inches low
  • Oct 2011 69.5 inches low
  • Mar 1992 82.5 inches low
  • Nov 1991 81.4 inches low
  • Feb 1982 103 inches low
  • Oct 1981 109 inches low
  • Dec 1980 63.5 inches low

“The City of Winfield addresses its short-term water shortage problems through a series of stages based on conditions of supply and demand with accompanying triggers, goals and actions,” the City said. “Each stage is more stringent in water use than the previous stage since water supply conditions are more deteriorated. The City Manager is authorized by ordinance to implement the appropriate conservation measures.”