Updated on Friday 24 April 2015
This morning Youghiogheny Dam was releasing 2200 cfs and likely will hold that through the weekend. The lake was at 1442 ft (NAVD88) and falling. Current and projected lake levels and releases are shown here. Ohiopyle is around 5.4 ft, slowly falling, and should stay above 4.7 ft through the weekend.
The latest available Ohiopyle gage report and forecast is available here. The weather forecast for Ohiopyle is provided by the National Weather Service. Corps reservoir forecasts are always built into the NWS river forecasts, so the effects of our release changes are shown there.
Lake recreation users can call (814) 395-3166 for the current recorded information message on daily pool and outflow levels, safety, recreation, special events and fishing.
You can also call Ohiopyle State Park at (724) 329-8591 to hear a recorded message giving the daily stage reading.
Long Term Outlook
Youghiogheny River Lake experienced above-normal pool levels throughout the past summer season, and a seasonal minimum pool of 1402.9 ft at the end of November. We expect the lake level to generally rise to target winter pool level in the coming weeks and months. We are operating under the established low water regulation schedule and will continue to maintain downstream flow schedules. Youghiogheny River Lake's target winter pool range is between 1414.4' and 1418.4' ft.
As always, we are operating Youghiogheny River Lake in accordance with its authorized project purposes of flood control, low flow augmentation for water quality and water supply. Operations (gate changes) can only be made for project purposes for which storage has been allocated. Other project purposes (i.e., fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation) are accommodated to the extent feasible. We continue to attempt to operate the project considering the needs of recreation users both on the lake and the river.