Updated on 29 October 2015
Today Youghiogheny Dam was releasing 700 cfs this morning but reduced the outflow to 500 cfs this afternoon. Youghiogheny's pool today was at 1388.8 ft (NAVD88) and falling. We are releasing the minimum required flow for the current flow schedule. Current Ohiopyle gage is 3.13 ft. We plan to hold Youghiogheny's discharge at 500 cfs for the weekend. Current and projected lake levels and releases are shown here. This will be the last weekend that we updated the Weekend Recreation Outlook since the recreational season is coming to a close.
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
We are operating under the established low water regulation schedule and will continue to maintain downstream flow schedules. Youghiogheny River Lake's target summer pool range is between 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.