Updated on 9 July 2020
Current and forecast lake levels and releases can be found on the Daily Reservoir Report.
Today, Youghiogheny Lake is at 1431.5' (NAVD88) and slowly falling. The project is currently releasing 490 cfs, but we anticipate opening to 800 cfs Friday afternoon and hold that until Sunday afternoon. We will reduce flows should the river rise due to runoff from any scattered thunderstorms that occur over the weekend. The Ohiopyle gage is currently at 1.5' and rising, but is expected to rise to 2.1’ Friday afternoon and then slowly fall, staying between 1.8' and 2.0' throughout the weekend.
The Corps of Engineers continues to encourage the public to review the river conditions and evaluate their personal capabilities prior to engaging in recreational activities on the river.
The current Ohiopyle river stage and weather forecast are provided by the National Weather Service. The NWS river models always include the effects of expected future Corps operations.
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
As always, we are operating Youghiogheny River Lake in accordance with its authorized project purposes of flood control, water quality control, 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.