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 16-NOV-2018 06:50 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 1998.25 1963.25 9778
Byllesby 2079.20 2075.24 2023.63 11730
Claytor 1846.00 1845.32 1730.40 13485

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 614.00 614.15 597.58 3312
Marmet 590.00 590.29 577.79 3185
Winfield 566.00 566.20 552.20 3774

See plant-specific notices below.

Ohio River

Project Normal Full Pond Forbay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water (CFS)
Racine 560.00 561.04 551.95 12360

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Roanoke River

Project Normal Full Pond Forbay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water (CFS)
Leesville 613.00.00 612.34 541.90
Niagara 885.00 887.06
Smith Mountain 795.00 794.98 611.94

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Saint Joseph River

Project Normal Full Pond Forbay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water (CFS)
Berrien Springs 623.50 623.50 599.30 4948
Buchanan summer: 637.50
winter: 637.00
637.47 625.34 3694
Constantine 782.90 782.88 771.52
Elkhart 741.50
winter: 739.50
741.62 722.11
Mottville summer: 770.40
winter: 770.00
770.42 759.60 1785
Twin Branch 717.10 716.96 695.89 3698

See plant-specific notices below.

Plant-Specific Notices

AS OF 05:00 THIS MORNING FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2018, INFLOW TO THE SMITH MOUNTAIN PROJECT WAS 15835 CFS AND THE DISCHARGE FROM LEESVILLE 12304 CFS. THE ADJUSTED RESERVOIR ELEVATION WAS 796.56'. THE FLOW RATE AT THE USGS GAUGE AT BROOKNEAL WAS 27000 CFS, STAGE 23.28' AND AT ALTAVISTA 17600 CFS, STAGE 15.6'.