Mauch Chunk Lake Park

Whitewater Rafting

Francis E. Walter Dam
Lehigh River
Whitewater Release Dates 2014

The following plan is dependent on the pool upstream of the FEW Dam achieving the 1,370 foot elevation, which provides 6.2 billion gallons of storage at 70 feet above baseline.

Planned releases are for 12 hours, beginning at 1 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Recreational releases may be modified or cancelled due to extreme weather, either drought or storm. Notification of changes are posted on the USACE website

May 10 17 24 25
June 7 8 21 22
July 5 6 19 20 26 27
August 2 3 9 10 16 17 23 24 30 31
October 11 12
Planned whitewater release dates. These dates are dependent on sufficient storage of water, which is a level of 1,370 feet elevation in the dam during the spring, between April 1 and the first release.
Planned whitewater release dates, dependent on sufficient precipitation.
These dates have been set aside to provide lower flow rates for wading fishing. On these dates, the release will be set to match inflow to the FEW Dam with a 400 cubic feet per second maximum outflow. This lower flow reduces the depth to where anglers can more safely wade into more inaccessible sections of the Lehigh River.