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Water Releases

White water - Canoe Scotland

Water Releases

White water - Canoe Scotland

Water Releases

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SEPA have control over freshet releases on larger scale hydro schemes in Scotland and it is important to note that not every river scheme has a scheduled freshet. The SCA liaises with SEPA and has secured (where possible) alternative times for releases to suit paddlers and events in those areas. 

We have attempted to 'pull' the most useful information from the SEPA document and present it in a reasonably user friendly manner.  We have included all of the rivers where we know or suspect white water paddling is affected by freshet releases.  If in doubt, you should check the original document.  Please contact us with any errors or omissions.

Below are details for the Garry (near Fort William), Lyon, Upper and Lower Tummel and Moriston.  Details as to how the freshet on the Lyon affects the whitewater section are limited, but it seems likely that the water will take 24-36 hours to reach the whitewater section.  If you find out more, please contact us. 

River Awe

1 May – 23 December
 
NGR: NN 0453 2868 LOCATION: Awe Barrage
The first release will take place on Saturday 29th April 2017, starting at 08:00 and finishing at 20:00.
 
Thereafter, on the following Sundays starting at 08:00 and will continue for 24 hours. 
30th July
27th August
24th September
 
Each of the following releases (all Fridays) start at 12:00:
13th October
27th October
10th November
24th November
8th December
22nd December

River Garry

NGR: NH 2759 0202             
LOCATION: Garry (Invergarry)             
Release commences at 08:00 on the stated day and continues for 20 hours until 04:00 on the following day (unless otherwise stated).       
            
DAY     DATE     MONTH     
Thursday     23th     March     
Thursday     30st     March     
Thursday     6th     April     
Saturday     8th     April     
Thursday     13th     April     
Thursday     20st     April     
Friday     28th     April     
Saturday     29th     April     
Thursday     4th     May     
Saturday     13th     May     
Thursday     18th     May     
Thursday     25th     May     
Saturday     27th     May     
Thursday     1st     June     
Thursday     8th     June     
Friday     9th     June     
Thursday     15th     June     
Thursday     29th     June     
Saturday     1st     July     
Thursday     6th     July     
Saturday     8th     July     
Thursday     13th     July     
Saturday     15th     July     
Thursday     20st     July     
Thursday     27th     July     
Saturday     29th     July     Starts 06:00 until 19:00 (13 hours) (Garry Boater X)
Thursday     3rd     August     
Saturday     5th     August     
Thursday     10th     August     
Saturday     12th     August     
Thursday     17th     August     
Thursday     24th     August   

Saturday 26th August (changed from Thursday     14th     September)

Thursday     31st     August     
Sunday     10th     September     Starts 06:00 until 19:00 (13 hours) - Wet West Paddle Fest     
Thursday     21nd     September     
Thursday     5th     October     
Thursday     12th     October     
Thursday     19th     October     
Thursday     26th     October     

River Lyon

Stronuich (upper Glen Lyon, Grid reference NN5073 4200)  This scheme is a long way upstream of the whitewater section described in the SCA whitewater guide.  The release on the River Lyon arrives at the McGregors Leap (SCA described) section on the next day. It is runnable in the morning but better in the afternoon. Thanks to Neill Wardman for the information.  

Three additional freshets will be available for release at the request of SEPA. Five working days’ notice will be given for their release.

Release commences at 15:00 the stated day, continues for 20 hours, finishing at 11:00 the following day.

Extracted Friday releases, could be useful for weekend boating: 

Friday 28 April
Friday 26 May
Friday 2 June
Friday 21 July
Friday 25 August
Friday 29 September

Releases in Full:

Monday     17th     April 
Friday     28th     April 
Thursday     4th     May 
Monday     8th     May 
Wednesday     17th     May 
Friday     26th     May 
Friday     2nd     June 
Tuesday     6th     June 
Wednesday     14th     June 
Thursday     22nd     June 
Monday     26th     June 
Friday     7th     July 
Wednesday     12th     July 
Friday     21st     July 
Thursday     27th     July 
Monday     31st     July 
Tuesday     8th     August 
Tuesday     15th     August 
Friday     25th     August 
Thursday     31st     August 
Thursday     7th     September 
Wednesday     13th     September 
Thursday     21st     September 
Friday     29th     September 
Tuesday     3rd     October 

River Moriston (Dundreggan Dam)

River Moriston

1st May - 31st October 2017: Releases take place one per week and commence at 11:00 every Tuesday until 16:00 the next day. 

The SCA has secured the following releases once a month on a Saturday instead of a Tuesday.  Weekend releases start at 09.00 on Saturday until 14:00 Sunday. Paddlers must manage themselves appropriately (parking, changing, litter, etc) or these releases will not happen in future years. Please help us to show our contributions to the community and stay/buy things in the local area. 

Saturday 10th June starting at 09:00 continuing for 29 hours until 14:00 on Sunday.
Saturday 15th July starting at 09:00 continuing for 29 hours until 14:00 on Sunday.
Saturday 5th August starting at 10:00 continuing for 32 hours until 18:00 on Sunday - Moriston Race 
Saturday 9th September starting at 05:00 continuing for 29 hours until 10:00 on Sunday - Wet West Paddle Fest, SCA event - river will be busy!

Upper Tummel (Dunalastair Dam)

NGR: NN 7215 5912 LOCATION: Upper Tummel, Dunalastair

Freshet releases commence at 14:00 on the stated day continuing for 47 hours until 13:00 on day three. Except from the following two freshets:

  • Friday 30th June will commence at 14:00 and continue for 47 hours until 13:00 on the following Sunday.
  • Friday 25th August will commence at 14:00 and continue for 47 hours until 13:00 on the following Sunday.

Starting at 14:00 for 47 hours:

Monday     5     June 
Wednesday     14     June 
Friday     30     June 
Wednesday     5     July 
Monday     17     July 
Friday     28     July 
Monday     7     August 
Wednesday     16     August 
Friday     25     August 
Wednesday     6     September 
Monday     18     September 
Friday     29     September 
Monday     9     October 
Wednesday     18     October 
Monday     30     October 

Lower Tummel (Clunie)

NGR: NN 8843 6027 LOCATION: Lower Tummel, Clunie

1st June – 30th September
Freshets shall be released weekly and shall commence at 16:00 on Friday continuing for 64 hours until 08:00 on Monday.