River Hot Line

Announcements
Good morning, this is the Lower Susquehanna River update for Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 1000 AM. The 24 hour precipitation was .24 ”. The water temperature is 40.3 degrees and the condition is clear. The river flow into Safe Harbor is 12,000 cfs. Average flow estimates into Safe Harbor for the next 3 days are 12,000-13,000- 15,000 c.f.s. Safe Harbor is scheduled to generate until 10 PM Wednesday and again at 6 AM Thursday. There is no spill through floodgates scheduled. There is a buoy line 1500’ above the dam. Boaters must stay outside the buoy line. Lake Clarke will be maintained between top level of 228.0’ and 3.2’ below top level on Wednesday and Thursday. The duck season Minimum forebay lower limit of 225.0’ will be observed from 500 AM to 500 PM Monday to 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 4:30 PM. Holtwood’s Lake Aldred elevation is scheduled to be regulated between 168.9’ and 164.1’. There is no spill scheduled at Holtwood Dam. Remember spill can occur at any time that was not scheduled. Stay off the rocks below Holtwood Dam. When they go into spill you will become trapped by rapidly rising water. Portage access users must stay near the east shore and use extreme caution. There is a portage phone at the ramp. The phone will ring direct to the control room. The Holtwood tailrace fishing areas are closed to the public for the duration of the powerhouse expansion project. The Pequea and York Furnace boat ramps are reported closed Wednesday afternoon doe to weather conditions. This information is always subject to change. Thank you for checking this update. Slow down, drive safe, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving 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.






Build one, you get the other!

Create a hydroelectric generating plant in one of America's mightiest rivers and you automatically create a haven for nature lovers and water-sports enthusiasts.

Welcome to the Safe Harbor hydroelectric station and Lake Clarke.

The recreational facilities provided by the Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation are open to all members of the public without discrimination.

On this web site, you'll have an opportunity to:

Whether you're fishing, boating, or simply enjoying the beauty of a day by the water, it is our hope that the time you spend with us here will make your real-time visit even more pleasurable.

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



Home | About Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation
Recreation Areas | Fish Lift | Facts & Figures
Safe Harbor Lake Level | Holtwood Lake Level