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How do you delineate the watershed draining to a lake in deranged terrain?

Question asked by kmwallace@ufl.edu on Jun 24, 2016

I am delineating a watershed for a lake in southwest Florida and would like to compare other methods and field observations to the output from Arc Hydro. I have never used Arc Hydro before so I am not familiar with the correct workflows for different conditions. I want to find all of the DEM cells that drain to the lake (i.e., everything upstream of the lake). When I use the Basic Deranged Terrain Processing workflow (model builder) and then try the batch watershed delineation for polygons, I only get a watershed that includes the sub-basins that are directly adjacent to the lake (see picture below; the lake is shown in blue and the batch watershed to polygon is shown in pink).

 

Could someone please help walk me through this starting with creating a project and adding the DEM? I am not confident that I can use the deranged processing workflow since there are some channels present in the watershed. I am not sure that I specified that this was a known sink properly.

 

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