Just hit #2 on your speed dial.... or call (800) 829-5253, followed by prompts 3-2-1, to hear a daily recording from the Tuxedo Hydro Plant --- usually out by 7:30 a.m. and now often updated for three days as well. Releases are shown and historically tracked on the Green River Flows Page, with the options being 60%, 100%, and 200%. The standard 100% release reportedly delivers about 216 cfs of water into the gorge below the hydro plant --- which you will wait 2 1/2 hours for, and 4 Megawatts of electricity to the people of North Carolina --- instantly.
|Winter||60%||4-5"||The bare minimum|
The Gauge: Installed in 2005, and located a couple of minor rapids below the confluence with Big Hungry, there is a stick gauge affixed to a rock on your right. This gauge supplants the well-known "gauge rock" which was pushed out of the way by the hurricanes and high water in the Fall of 2004. Recent rains will add to the flow from a series of small tributaries, with the lion's share coming from Big Hungry Creek. You can check the local rainfall for Henderson County (Gauge #1841, Dana, being the closest). Also, be aware of lake levels and their impact. Attempts are made to keep Winter levels around 95' and Summer levels around 98', with levels over 100' indicating water flowing over the top of the dam. Understanding lake levels and trends can help with the risky business of predicting releases ahead of time. By following the lake level time stamps reported on the Green River Flows Page, one can see the lake drop during the day or overnight, and bets can be placed accordingly if they fail to update the phone message. A 100% 7a.m. - 3p.m. release can drop the lake .3 -.5 feet.
You can find lake level and other messages by going to this Duke Energy page:
Here are the last few messages:
Lightning Hits Tuxedo
Last Update: 7/18/2012 8:25:43 PM
"A lightning strike has damaged some equipment at Tuxedo Hydro Station. With one unit out of service for maintenance and ongoing rain in the area, Lake Summit will continue to spill until repairs can be made; however, we do not expect Lake Summit?s level to exceed 102 feet. As always, Duke Energy encourages those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions. We will provide additional updates as conditions change."
Last Update: 1/31/2011 8:15:37 AM
Unit 2 remains in an extended outage. Based on inflow and rainfall, Duke Energy will attempt to manage Lake Summit to an elevation of 85 to 86 ft. into February 2011. With periodic rainfall events being forecast over the next weeks, residents should expect the lake to rise above 85 feet and remain high for several weeks. As always, those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas should pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions.
Last Update: 12/1/2010 9:43:17 AM
The Green River basin surrounding Lake Summit has recorded rainfall in excess of 9 inches. The lake level is above 101 feet and may continue to rise. Property owners and residents should expect the lake to remain high for several days. Please note, the Duke Energy lake level web page is experiencing technical difficulties. We are working to repair this as quickly as possible. As always, those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas should pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions.
Update from the Tuxedo Hydro Plant: 11/7/2010 4:04:08 PM (The Day After The Race):
On November 7, 2010 Tuxedo Hydro Unit 1 experienced an equipment failure. Due to this failure, the unit will be shut down for an undetermined length of time. With the Unit 1 failure, and Unit 2 in an extended outage, residents should expect the lake to fill and possibly spill depending on rainfall amounts and intensity. The lake level as of November 7th is 86.7 ft. As always, those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas should pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions.
Better News Update 11/10/2010 1:21:58 PM
On November 10, 2010 at 1 PM Tuxedo Hydro Unit 1 was returned to service. Unit 2 remains in an extended outage. Duke Energy will based on inflow and rainfall attempt to manage Lake Summit to an elevation of 85 ft. (local datum). Residents should expect the lake to begin to gradually decline to 85 feet. Please check Duke's website to monitor lake level. Duke will keep the lake down through December 5, 2010. As always, those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas should pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions.
|Green Narrows [NC]||Bottom hole in Zwick's||135%?||Dallas Shaw|
|Green [NC]||Go Left and Die Sequence||100%||Nathan Silsbee|
|Green [NC]||Sunshine||n/a||Marissa Ray|
|Green [NC]||Gorilla||summer 100%||Mike Nail|
|Green2. Green Narrows [NC]||Groove Tube boofing||100%||Mike Nail|
|Green [NC]||Left line sunshine big air||100%||Nathaniel Lesch-Huie|
|Green [NC]||Gorilla, open boat||n/a||Ryan Moore|
|Green [NC]||Zwicks||200%||Andrew Gunnoe|
|Green [NC]||Gorilla||134%||Andrew Gunnoe|
|Green [NC]||Sunshine direct||230%||Andrew Gunnoe|
|Green Narrows [NC]||Hand Job On the Monkey||?200ї||Daniel Sanders|
|Green [NC]||Summer stein||n/a||Chris Roberts|
|Green [NC]||Gorilla||n/a||Chris Roberts|
|Green [NC]||Monkey (hopefully smaller)||n/a||Chris Roberts|
|Green [NC]||19259.jpeg||14.5"||Chris Roberts|
|Green [NC]||Zwicks||60% or 6 inches||Adam Secrest|
|green [nc]||right line at chief||n/a||michael mcswain|
|Green River [NC]||Monkey Spanker||100%||Geoff Kohl|
|Green River [NC]||Another Notch in Your Belt||100%||Geoff Kohl|
|Green [nc]||Green Carnage||100%||Chris Gorman|