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2021 Flow Management Plan

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District released the 2021 Flow Management Plan for the Francis E. Walter Dam in White Haven, PA. The plan, developed in partnership with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, lists dates and release amounts for whitewater and fisheries releases for the recreation seasons. This year, water is again being allocated to ensure white water releases from 1 July through Sunday 22 August and fisheries releases from 1 July through Friday 3 September, while relying on seasonal precipitation and additional water accumulations to allow scheduling of releases for later in the season (late August through mid-October).

2021 planned dates (22) for fishing releases (target 400 cubic feet per second)* are:

  • March: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • April: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
  • May: 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 23

Planned white water release dates (24) are listed below. All other dates during the recreation season, until the weekend of October 9-10 have a planned fisheries augmentation release of at least 50 cfs if sufficient water is available.

  • May: 15, 22, 29, 30
  • June: 12, 13, 26, 27
  • July: 10, 11, 24, 25, 31
  • August: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28*, 29*
  • September: 4*, 5*
  • October: as provided by end of year releases around the weekend of 9-10 October (see plan for full details)

In 2021, the Army Corps is holding a total of 22 fishing releases and 24 whitewater release dates (four of which are dependent on additional precipitation along with fisheries enhancement releases on all other days during the recreation season). All dates are dependent on hydrologic conditions and the absence of the need for flood control operations. 

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Francis E. Walter Dam
146 Walter Dam Road
White Haven, Pennsylvania 18661