Army Corps adds additional recreational water releases from Francis E. Walter Dam

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Aug. 21, 2023
A large reservoir of water is pictured in front of a concrete control tower and dam with scenic vista of a creek/river valley in back drop of image.

Francis E. Walter Dam, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, operates as a system in conjunction with Beltzville Dam, located in Lehighton PA, to reduce flooding in the downstream communities along the Lehigh River.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District updated the 2023 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan.

The Army Corps updated the plan, which states whitewater and fisheries releases will be scheduled if enough water storage is accumulated in the reservoir. Currently, there is enough water storage to schedule the following increments:

  • Increment 8b. - increase Aug. 26-27 whitewater total releases to 1700 cubic feet per second on Saturday and 1000 cubic feet per second on Sunday.
  • Increment 9 - add fisheries augmentation release of 50 cubic feet per second for the period of Sept. 2-15
  • Increment 10 - add fishing release on Sept. 23-24 (250 cubic feet per second plus inflow 350 cubic feet per second max).

It’s important to note that all recreational releases are subject to change based on the potential need for flood control operations.

Steve Rochette

Release no. 23-023