Current Status - Thursday 18 September 2014
Youghiogheny River Lake is at a pool level of 1420.9 ft and falling roughly 0.5 ft/day. The lake continues to release of 800 cfs this morning and is expected to remain the same through Sunday morning. We expect to increase the release to 1000 cfs on Sunday morning from 8am to noon, in support of swift water rescue training by the Confluence Fire Department. The Ohiopyle gage on Thursday morning is at 1.94 ft and steady, but should rise to 2.1 to 2.2 ft Sunday afternoon, before falling back below 2.0 ft Sunday evening.
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.