Updated on 26 May 2016
Today Youghiogheny Dam is releasing 3700 cfs and the lake is at 1441.0 ft (NAVD88). We will be reducing the outflow today to 1680 cfs with an addition reduction on this weekend to release 1440 cfs. Current and projected lake levels and releases are shown here.
This morning the Ohiopyle gage read 6.26 ft, is forecast to stay below 4.0 through the weekend. 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 rain is expected to start today and continue throughout the weekend. As always, we monitor lake and river levels on a daily basis and try to balance the needs of recreational users on both the lake and in the river downstream.
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
We are releasing water to meet downstream schedule, while retaining additional runoff to keep the lake near the summer target pool of 1438.4 ft. and 1440.4 ft. (NAVD88).
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.