The level of Lake of the Woods is slowly dropping, but a return to a normal summer level is still months away.

In the Lake of the Woods Control Board's (LWCB) Wednesday update, they say the level of the lake dropped 1 cm (1/2 in) over the past week with little change expected over the next seven days.

"With outflow from Rainy Lake gradually dropping as the lake level falls and forecasted precipitation, the level of Lake of the Woods is expected to remain constant or decrease by 3 cm (0-1 in) over the next seven days," stated the LWCB. 

As the level of Lake of the Woods slowly drops, so does the Winnipeg River with officials anticipating a small drop of 1-2 cm (1/2 in to 1 in) over the next week.

Upstream of Lake of the Woods, Namakan Lake has returned to a normal summer level while Rainy Lake remains high but is dropping sharply.

Lake of the Woods currently sits at 324.10 m (1063.3 ft), over 95th percentile level for this time of year. The lake level is above the 2014 peak of 323.78 m (1062.29 ft) and is below the record peak since regulation began of 324.31 m (1064.0 ft), set in July of 1950.

The dams in Kenora remain fully open and no additional actions can be taken to limit lake level rise.