Weekend storm adds more than a foot to the Truckee River’s largest reservoir level, triples river flow

Stampede Reservoir taken on August 9, 2014 when the water level was 60 feet below where it is today - image - Brian Bahouth

Updated March 17, 2020 – The latest winter storm to move through the Tahoe Sierra left behind more than 3 feet of much needed snow in many locations across the region. Stampede Reservoir, the largest reservoir of the 3 on the Truckee River Management System has been in steady decline since the beginning of March, typically a critical month for the region’s water storage balance. The weekend storm and additional precipitation Monday added more than a foot to the level of Stampede Reservoir.

Prosser Reservoir outflow is low. Water level has been on the rise since the beginning of March.

Stampede, Boca, and Prosser reservoirs and Independence and Donner Lakes make up the storage basins on the Truckee River Management System.

The recent storm more than tripled the flow of the Truckee River through Reno.
According to the National Weather Service, more snow is expected on Monday and Tuesday across the Tahoe Sierra, but will taper off later in the week.