Current Status - Thursday 24 July 2014
Youghiogheny River Lake is at a pool level of 1433.50 ft and falling at a rate of about 1 ft in 3 days. The project is releasing 600 cfs. The Ohiopyle gage is at 1.8 ft and holding steady. We plan to hold the release of 600 cfs through the weekend. This will result in the Ohiopyle gage holding steady near 1.8'. This level is very close to the median for this time of year. The weather forecast is currently showing a 40% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday and 60-70% chance of thunderstorms on Sunday which may affect the river levels depending on where and how much the rain falls.
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
We are operating under the established low water regulation schedule and will continue to maintain downstream flow schedules. Youghiogheny River Lake's ideal summer pool range is between 1438.4' and 1440.4', although downstream flow requirements usually start to draw the lake below that level by the end of June. On average, the lake can be expected to fall slowly all summer long, ending up below 1400’ by November. Special weekend releases for whitewater rafting will continue as long as the lake is still above its drought watch level.
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.