Tuttle Creek Reservoir At Critically Low Levels

By Quinn O’Hara

Photos Taken By Nicholas Warren of Manhattan

Tuttle Creek lake has fallen to critically low levels due to severe drought conditions in the region.

As of 8am on Thursday, November 16th, the Tuttle Creek Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Facebook Page reported that Tuttle Creek is 7.36 ft below the conservation pool. 

The Kansas City district of  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that “as of October 17, 2023, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows severe to extreme drought over much of the Kansas River Basin, with 77% of its area in severe drought or worse. Tuttle Creek Reservoir dropped below an elevation of 1,070 feet on October 18, 2023.”

Nicholas Warren, a Manhattan native, recently visited Tuttle Creek and talks of his experience:

He also shares a word of caution to potential visitors:

Drought conditions are expected to continue until April, or until significant rainfall has occurred.

Warren’s view of Mile Bridge during his visit to Tuttle Creek Park last week.

Warren and his mom explore the lakebed of Tuttle Creek Reservoir.

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