Updated on 11 December 2015
The weekend recreation outlook is being updated only occasionally, weekly updates will resume in April.
As usual, current and projected lake levels and releases are shown here. The current NWS River Forecast for Ohiopyle can be found here. Corps reservoir release forecasts are always built into the NWS river forecasts, so the effects of our release changes are shown there.
The weather forecast for Ohiopyle is provided by the National Weather Service.
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
Dry conditions last fall and our minimum release schedule caused Youghiogheny Lake to draw down to a low of 1376.1 on November 30, since then runoff from rainfall has brought it back above 1385. We are continuing to release to meet downstream schedule, and will retain any additional runoff to draw the lake back to the winter target pool of 1418.
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.