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Lake Level
Current Lake Level displays a real-time reading from a sensor located within the intake tower of Deep Creek Hydro. The sensor is accurate to within about four hundredths of a foot (0.04) under normal circumstances. Strong winds blowing towards or away from the intake structure can impact the readings, as can strong wave action on the reservoir. "N/A" will be displayed if the signal to the station is lost.

Generator Status
Generator Status displays the real-time status of the generators and provides valuable information to downstream water users. When the status is "ON", the generators at Deep Creek Hydro are running and discharging water into the Youghiogheny River. When the status reads "OFF", the generators are not running. "N/A" will be displayed if the signal to the station is lost. This information may be helpful when planning your recreational activities.

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Please be advised that Brookfield Renewable has deployed a new mobile friendly website for all water data pertaining to their assets. Users should visit and bookmark for all future data needs. Please be safe on the water!

Lake Status

Generator Status Last Reading Current Lake Level (Feet Above Sea Level) Last Status Change
OFF 6/19/2019 02:40 2461.03 6/18/2019 18:00
Deep Creek Hydro is permitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  During the permitting process, MDE balances stakeholder concerns and requests with generation opportunities.  The result is the operating rule band.  This rule band was amended in 2011. 

The Operating Rule Band is defined by the Upper and Lower Rule Bands, which represent the highest and lowest desirable reservoir levels at any given time. Deep Creek Hydro strives to maintain the lake between these two rule bands at all times. Periods of high run-off or extreme drought conditions can result in reservoir levels outside of the Operating Rule Band. During these times, the hydro project attempts to restore the reservoir to the proper level in a reasonable amount of time.