Whitewater Release Dates

Esopus Creek 2018 Water Release Dates

Dates

Status

June 2nd and 3rd  2018

Hi Marc,

Due to the high level of Ashokan Reservoir, the diversion through the Shandaken Portal and Esopus Creek is currently limited to avoid spilling the reservoir.

The targeted diversion from the Portal will be 350 MGD (540 cfs) effective Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

Combined with the natural unregulated flow, the streamflow at Coldbrook should be about 750 cfs. I understand this is less than your preferred flow, but it is the maximum available at this time.

It could be higher depending on the amount of rainfall and how much the current runoff recedes, but the weather forecast is still uncertain.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely,
Brenan
Brenan Tarrier, P.E.

Approved (May 25 - Flows forecast received May 31st)
Esopus Creek Release Flows of 6/2 & 3, 2018

July 14th and 15th 2018

Hi Marc,

Unfortunately, the Department cannot support the requested July recreational event.

The limited cold water supply in Schoharie Reservoir has been used to supplement low streamflows in the Esopus Creek. This cold water is needed to promote aquatic habitat. A large diversion from the reservoir for recreational purposes at this time could greatly accelerate the depletion of cold water and put Esopus Creek at risk of elevated water temperatures later in the season.

I’m hopeful that conditions will improve and we will be able to support the Labor Day event.

Sincerely,
Brenan
Brenan Tarrier, P.E.
Assistant Engineer, Division of Water

Declined (July 10th)

September 1st through 3rd 2018
Shandaken Whitewater Weekend!!!

Approved(on 8/25)

Esopus Creek Labor Day Release - Sept 1st -> 3rd Approved


Hi Marc,

The request for the 2018 Labor Day Weekend recreational event is approved.

The Esopus Creek flow will be increased starting Saturday morning and the increased rate will be effective through Monday afternoon.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Brenan

Brenan Tarrier, P.E.
Assistant Engineer, Division of Water
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway – 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233

Oct 6th and 7th  2018
New England Slalom Series

Pending

For Further Information on Esopus Creek Recreational Water Transfers visit: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/80682.html

The Shandaken Tunnel flows with extra water on Whitewater release weekends
Allaben portal during a special whitewater release weekend (Photo: Daniel Case)

The Esopus Creek is part of the New York City watershed, and is used to transfer water from the Schoharie Reservoir to the Ashokan Reservoir by way of the Shandaken Tunnel and Allaben Portal. Four times a year, depending on watershed conditions, the portal is opened wider, providing higher, faster water for even more exciting tubing!

Esopus Creek River Map  • Whitewater Release Dates •

Esopus Creek USGS River Gauge  • American Whitewater •

Historical Release Dates

Whitewater Release Dates 2017

Esopus Creek 2017 Water Release Dates

Dates

Status

June 3rd and 4th  2017

Approved

July 15th and 16th 2017

  • July 15th Approved
  • July 16th Declined

September 2nd through 4th 2017
Shandaken Whitewater Weekend!!!

Approved (on 8/21)

Oct 7 and 8th  2017
New England Slalom Series

Approved (on 9/29)

For Further Information on Esopus Creek Recreational Water Transfers visit: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/80682.html

The Shandaken Tunnel flows with extra water on Whitewater release weekends
Allaben portal during a special whitewater release weekend (Photo: Daniel Case)

The Esopus Creek is part of the New York City watershed, and is used to transfer water from the Schoharie Reservoir to the Ashokan Reservoir by way of the Shandaken Tunnel and Allaben Portal. Four times a year, depending on watershed conditions, the portal is opened wider, providing higher, faster water for even more exciting tubing!

Esopus Creek River Map  • Whitewater Release Dates •

Esopus Creek USGS River Gauge  • American Whitewater •