2018 Quemahoning Releases

2018 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.

2018 release schedule

April 7th-8th

April 21st-22nd

May 5th -6th

May 18-19-20/ Rendezvous weekend

Special Occasion May 26th Saturday Memorial day weekend

June 2nd -3rd

June 16th -17th

June 30th –July 1st

July 14th – 15th   This release has been cancelled due to a drowning at the reservoir and continuing recovery operations.   

July 28th -29th

August 11th – 12th

August 25th -26th    Despite the high water levels in Quemahoning Reservoir; the release is on hold as the dam operator has reported problems with the mechanism to open the valve. Will post final outcome tomorrow (August 24, Friday). Sorry.

September 8th -9th     The valve is functioning and this release is on schedule.

September 22nd -23rd  This release is on schedule! Another fall release!! Enjoy!!

October 6th -7th

October 20th -21st



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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