2020 Quemahoning Releases

The river is open to paddling and releases are back on schedule. The virus is still out there. Please practice social distancing before and after paddling. Enjoy the river but please be safe. Hug your boat not your buddies.

2020 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.

2020 release schedule

April 4-5   Cancelled

April 18-19  Cancelled

May 2-3  Cancelled  

May 16-17  This release has been OK’d! 

Special Occasion May 23, Saturday: Memorial day weekend is on!

May 30-31 is on as scheduled.

June 13-14 on as scheduled

June 27-28  Cancelled due to low water in reservoir.

July 11-12  Cancelled due to low water in reservoir.  

July 25-26  Cancelled due to low water in reservoir.

August 8-9  Cancelled due to low water in reservoir.

August 22-23  Cancelled due to low water in reservoir

September 5-6  Cancelled due to low water in reservoir

September 19-20  And it rained! Release is on!

October 3-4    Cancelled due to low water in reservoir

October 17-18  Unless a tropical system hits us, this release will likely be cancelled. Hopefully we will have better rain next year.




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.

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