Skip to main content
We're Here for You

We're Here for You American Electric Power is committed to the health and safety of our customers, communities and employees as we closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

×

River Flows for Hydro Plants

You may track, on an hourly basis, water levels and flows of the recreational rivers and lakes near AEP's hydroelectric facilities. See a map of our plant locations.

Explanation of terms

  • The "Forebay" and "Tailwater" numbers show the feet above sea level of the water levels immediately upstream and downstream from our plants.
  • "Tailwater Flow" is the hourly average of the river flow just downstream of the plants, measured in cubic feet per second.

Updated 17-APR-2021 03:20 EDT

New River Flows & Forecasts

Water release information for AEP's Claytor, Buck, and Byllesby hydro dams is updated every fifteen minutes. PLEASE NOTE: Forecast information is estimated. Water travel times may be affected by water conditions, precipitation in the watershed and other factors

Most Recent Conditions

Project Normal Full Pond Forbay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water (CFS)
Buck 2003.40 2002.94 1962.70 3843
Byllesby 2079.20 2078.71 2023.50 4281
Claytor 1846.00 1845.38 1731.12 4718

See plant-specific notices below.

New River - Downstream Forecasts

Forecast information shows water release information from the Claytor dam, delayed to account for the average time it takes the released water to reach particular points downstream. Water travel times may be affected by water conditions, precipitation in the watershed and other factors.

Kanawha River

Project Normal Full Pond Forbay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water (CFS)
London 614.00 614.33 593.03 10702
Marmet 590.00 590.13 570.32 6319
Winfield 566.00 566.21 541.34 11704

See plant-specific notices below.

Ohio River

Project Normal Full Pond Forbay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water (CFS)
Racine 560.00 559.90 540.02 18352

See plant-specific notices below.

Roanoke River

Project Normal Full Pond Forbay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water (CFS)
Leesville 613.00.00 610.71 535.46 2298
Niagara 885.00 885.46
Smith Mountain 795.00 793.87 610.59

See plant-specific notices below.

Saint Joseph River

Project Normal Full Pond Forbay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water (CFS)
Berrien Springs 623.50 623.53 598.89 4262
Buchanan summer: 637.50
winter: 637.00
637.47 624.72 2806
Constantine 782.90 782.71 771.39
Elkhart 741.50
winter: 739.50
741.58 723.25
Mottville summer: 770.40
winter: 770.00
770.38 758.72 1301
Twin Branch 717.10 716.95 695.93 2427

See plant-specific notices below.

Plant-Specific Notices

AS OF 05:00 THIS MORNING FRIDAY APRIL 16, 2021, INFLOW TO THE SMITH MOUNTAIN PROJECT WAS 2289 CFS AND THE DISCHARGE FROM LEESVILLE 2284 CFS. THE ADJUSTED RESERVOIR ELEVATION WAS 795.31'. THE FLOW RATE AT THE USGS GAUGE AT BROOKNEAL WAS 3800 CFS, STAGE 7.74' AND AT ALTAVISTA 2800 CFS, STAGE 4.05'.