2021 Quemahoning Releases

2021 Scheduled Whitewater Releases From Quemahoning Lake are scheduled and  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 valve can only release up to 500 cfs; and the maximum flow (in the river, measured at the Ferndale gauge) 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.

2021 release schedule

April 10  In order to conserve water in the Que Reservoir, we are only having a single day (Saturday) release this weekend. 

April 24   In order to conserve water in the Que Reservoir, we are only having a single day (Saturday) release this weekend. 

May 8 (one day only, No release on Mother’s Day). Water level at the Quemahoning Reservoir is up. This release is on and we might just have good natural flows. Enjoy. 

May 21-23  Stonycreek Rendezvous

May 29 Special Release (one day only) Memorial day weekend (this release is officially “on”)

June 5-6 This release is officially “on”. Enjoy.

June 19  On day only, No release on Father’s Day  

July 3-4  One day only (Saturday, July 3rd), reservoir is getting low. No Sunday release.    

July 17-18  Cancelled. CSA is working on their pipeline and will have the valve offline.

July 31 and August 1  Water in reservoir is good. This release is ON!

August 14-15  Cancelled, reservoir is about 2′ below required level.  

August 28-29  Cancelled, reservoir is too low.

September 11  Release is on, due to CSA staffing problems, this is Saturday only.

September 26  Release on Sunday only.    

October 9-10

October 23-24




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 , Stonycreek Launch (814 242-8219; 2869 Seanor Rd, Hollsopple; 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 deductible donation.  Thank you.

Special Thanks to the boating clubs that have generously donated to help us with these releases: MoCreekers, Keel-Haulers Canoe Club and Baltimore Canoe + Kayak Club

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