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MARK YOUR CALENDARS - 2019 CA RECREATIONAL RELEASES

Posted: 03/20/2019
by Theresa Simsiman

Here are the 2019 scheduled recreational releases for hydropower projects American Whitewater negotiated across California. Stay tuned for more dates on other rivers. Also, remember dates are subject to change given certain circumstances i.e. facility malfunction, wild fire etc. so don’t hesitate to check out the release information on our website for all updates. 

Slab Creek Class V 

April 13 & 14   10am – 4pm 1000 cfs

April 27 & 28   10am – 4pm 1100cfs

May 4 & 5        10am – 4pm 1100 cfs

Take-Out Reminder:

Please DO NOT BLOCK the road when parking and taking out at Mosquito Road Bridge – it is one of two roadways for Swansboro residents and needs to remain clear.

On all scheduled release days, interim take-out at Rock Creek will be opened from 10am – 4pm. Gates will close at 4pm so plan your trips accordingly to avoid locking you vehicles in at the take-out.

Flow Level Notes:

Be patient boating public! We expect SMUD to have the Powerhouse and Boating Flow Valve operational for 2020 and beyond. When these facilities are up an running SMUD will have the ability to control flow through the full range of license required flows of 800 cfs to 1500 cfs.

In the meantime, however, since the Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Valve are not yet operational, SMUD will be coordinating spill over the dam which for lack of better words is one flow ON or OFF.  SMUD will focus on reaching the designated target flow but keep in mind these flows will be subject to SMUD’s ability to control spill. (Check gauges before you venture out).

Ice House South Fork Silver Creek Class IV 

We are in a WET year thus far for the Upper American River Project watershed thus we get 9 days of scheduled recreational flow on Ice House.

June 8              10am – 3pm    400 cfs

June 9              10am – 3pm    500 cfs

June 15            10am – 3pm    400 cfs

June 16            10am – 3 pm   500 cfs

June 22            10am – 3 pm   400 cfs

June 23            10am – 3 pm   500 cfs

June 28            Friday  10am – 3pm    400 cfs

June 29 & 30   10am – 3 pm 500 cfs

Rock Creek North Fork Feather Class III thru Class V

June 1              9 am – 3 pm                1100 cfs

June 2              midnight – 2 pm         900 cfs

July 27             9 am – 3 pm                1100 cfs

July 28             midnight – 2 pm         900 cfs

Aug 24             9 am – 3 pm                1100 cfs

Aug 25             midnight – 2 pm         900 cfs

Sept 28            FEATHER FESTIVAL      9 am – 3 pm                900 cfs

Sept 29            FEATHER FESTIVAL      midnight – 2 pm         900 cfs

Pit 5 Class III+ thru IV 

Aug 10 & 11    10 am – 4 pm  1500 cfs

Sept 14&15     10 am – 4 pm  1200 cfs

Pit 1 Class II thru IV 

Oct 5 & 6         8 am – 6 pm    Actual flow can vary depending on inflow. 900 cfs

Oct 19 & 20     8 am – 6 pm    Actual flow can vary depending on inflow. 900 cfs

Photo by Barry Kruse - Pit 1

 

Theresa Simsiman
Sacramento, CA