Updated on Thursday 25 June 2015
This morning Youghiogheny Dam was releasing 2000 cfs and the lake was at 1441.5 ft (NAVD88) and falling. We plan to reduce flows over the weekend, but this will depend on how much rain falls. Current and projected lake levels and releases are shown here. This morning the Ohiopyle gage read 5.1 ft and was falling slowly. The Ohiopyle gage is expected to rise to 6 ft by Friday morning and stay above 4 ft through the weekend as a result of the forecasted rain.
If the actual rainfall misses the Yough basin, then we will make operations on Friday to keep the Ohiopyle gage below 4' through the weekend.
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 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.