2019 Quemahoning Releases

Due to a drawdown for maintenance purposes (the lake is now about 5 feet below the spillway) there will not be anymore whitewater releases until next year (2020).  Note that we will publish the 2020 release schedule as soon as we get it from the Cambria Somerset Authority (CSA).

2019 Scheduled Whitewater Releases From Quemahoning Lake will be scheduled and will be listed below.  Releases during May and June are highly likely to occur as scheduled (unless maintenance or repairs are needed); releases after the beginning of July are dependent on reservoir levels.  Also note: the maximum flow that a release can provide is 1,350 cfs,  (which is around 3’ at Foustwell, 4.5’ at Ferndale).  If the natural flow is 1,000 cfs, we will ONLY RELEASE additional 350 cfs.   If natural flow is over 1,350 cfs,  there is NO RELEASE.  Any changes in the schedule will be posted here and on our Facebook page ASAP!

Note: If water level at the Quemahoning Reservoir is between 1626.0 and 1626.5 on the Sunday before a planned release, then a release will be made on the following Saturday only; if the water level is greater than 1626.5, then the release will be held on both the following Saturday and Sunday.  And if the level at the Quemahoning Reservoir is below 1626 ft above sea level on the Sunday before the scheduled release: the release is cancelled. This may effect late summer releases.  Watch here for updates. Also, note that on non-release days, the Stony is boatable when the Ferndale Gauge is above 500 cfs.
This is likely accurate.  Again, watch here for any possible changes.

2019 release schedule

April 6-7 This release has been cancelled due to valve problems.

April 20  This release has been cancelled due to valve problems; replacement part is on the way. Local weather indicates that the Stony and other local creeks will be running. Enjoy natural flows.

May 4-5  Valve is functioning! Release is on! Natural flows are good as well.

May 17-18-20/ Rendezvous weekend

Special Occasion May 25, Saturday Memorial day weekend

June 1 -2

June 15 -16

June 29 –June 30

July 13 –14     

July 27-28:  This release is ON!! Enjoy.

August 10–11:  This release is ON!! Enjoy.

August 24- 25:  This release is just for Saturday. Water in reservoir is too low for a two day release. Saturday’s release will be a full release following the regular schedule.    

September 4-6: Special release to draw down the reservoir. Wednesday through Friday the CSA will release about 375 CFS from 7 AM to 3:30 PM.  Canyon should be runnable from 9 AM to 5 PM.

September 7 -8: This release is on as part of the special release to draw down the reservoir. This will be a normal (500 CFS) release and follow the normal schedule. Enjoy.     

These last three will not happen unless the CSA needs to release more water for maintenance or a tropical system dumps a lot of rain on us. 

September 21-22  

October 5-6   

October 19 -20   



Releases:  Scheduled releases will be on Saturdays and Sundays.  Releases start around 7 AM and the river should rise at Faustwell Bridge put-in by 10 AM.  Water should start dropping at Faustwell by 2 PM (each day).  Water should start to rise around 1 PM at Carpenter’s Park.  Note: each release is a 1 hr ramp up, 4 hr full release, and a 1 hr ramp down.
Also: late summer and fall releases are highly dependent on water levels in the reservoir.
Note: Greenhouse Park is not open for camping except for special events.  Camping is available at Quemahoning Reservoir Recreation Area  (this is the closest camping), Camp Harmony (which has both Cabins and Tent & RV Camping), Nanty-Glo Park and at Duman Park.
Also: For anyone using the Hollsopple ball field put-in.  Please be careful where you park.  Do not interfere with the ball field.  Also, please don’t obviously drink beer or change clothes when the ball field is in use.  We are guests and need to maintain good relationships with the good people of Hollsopple.

Please Help: Our club has an ongoing obligation to pay the salary of the personnel that operate the whitewater valve at Quemahoning Reservoir and to make repairs.  Please help us pay for this by making a donation to our Whitewater Valve program through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.   When you make a donation through their site, please designate SQI Whitewater for the donation.  This is a tax deductable donation.  Thank you.

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