River Hot Line

Good morning, this is the Lower Susquehanna River update for Friday October 9, 2015 at 10 AM. The 24 hour precipitation was 0”. The water temperature is 61 degrees and the condition is clear. Average flow estimates into Safe Harbor for the next 3 days are 13,000 -11,000 and 10,000 c.f.s. Safe Harbor is scheduled to generate until midnight Friday and again at 6 AM Saturday. There is no spill through floodgates scheduled at Safe Harbor. There is a buoy line above the dam. Please stay outside the line. Lake Clarke will be maintained between top level of 228.0’ and 3’ below top level on Friday and Saturday. Below Safe Harbor the tailrace elevation does vary several feet in a very short time during normal operating conditions. Pay close attention to water levels below the dam. There is a buoy line in the tailrace. Boaters must stay down stream of the line. The Safe Harbor tailrace areas are open to the public from dawn to dusk. Holtwood’s Lake Aldred elevation is scheduled to be regulated between 169.4’ and 168.4’. There is no spill scheduled at Holtwood Dam Friday and Saturday. Spill begins at elevation 169.75’. Remember, spill can occur at any time that was not scheduled. There is a buoy line above Holtwood Dam, but boaters are urged to turn around at the warning sign on the river tower one mile above the dam. Stay off the rocks at all times below Holtwood Dam. When they go into spill you will become trapped by rapidly rising water. Holtwood portage users must stay near the east shore and use extreme caution. There is a portage phone at the ramp. The Holtwood tailrace fishing areas are open to the public. The Pequea and York Furnace boat ramps are open. Safe Harbor will be maintaining recreation levels on weekends only through next weekend, Holtwood through the end of October. This information is always subject to change. Thank you for checking this update. Have a good day. .

General Conditions
Remember, generating schedules and lake elevations are subject to change without notice due to operating conditions. Maintain a safe distance above and below both the Safe Harbor dam and the Holtwood dam. Rising water levels and swift currents pose serious safety hazards. People along the rocks below Safe Harbor must be aware of constantly changing water levels. The Safe Harbor tailrace elevations vary greatly, water levels change several feet in a very short time. Boaters and fisherman, please stay alert to all warning sirens and changing water levels. Heed the spill sirens, a long continuous siren, and leave the area immediately. Spill could occur at any time with little or no notice. Lake Clarke boaters...buoys have been placed 1500' upriver of the Safe Harbor dam, these buoys mark restricted water....Boats must stay outside the buoy line. The Washington Boro area is reported to be "shallower" as the result of silting. Watercraft users are urged to use extreme caution in this area. For your safety, please stay away from both the Safe Harbor Dam and the Holtwood Dam. Boaters should stay well upstream of the Holtwood Dam. PPL recommends that boats turn around at the Pinnacle Narrows, about one mile above the dam. This is the location of the large dam warning signs on either side, and middle of the river. It is extremely dangerous to get near either side of the Holtwood dam. For your own safety do not attempt to go out on the rocks below the Holtwood dam. Changing water levels and swift currents have trapped people on these rocks. Be aware and stay well clear of both sides of the Holtwood dam. For more information, call the Lower Susquehanna River Hotline...1-800-692-6328.

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Welcome to the Safe Harbor hydroelectric station and Lake Clarke.

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For information on river conditions call the Lower Susquehanna River Hotline at 1-800-692-6328 from any location within Pennsylvania.

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