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!
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.
Also: late summer and fall releases are highly dependent on water levels in the reservoir.
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.