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Water Releases

Wild Water Racing - Canoe Scotland

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 Tummel, Awe and Moriston. 

To view the freshets document click here

River Awe

NGR: NN 0453 2868 LOCATION: Awe Barrage
  • Saturday 27th April 2019: starting at 08:00 and finishing at 20:00.
  • Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May: Two freshets each day shall deliver a volume of 300,000 m3 over a period of 12 hours, starting at 06:00 and finishing at 18:00 on each day.
  • Sunday 28th July: starting at 08:00 volume of 500,000 m3 over one day (24 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m 3/day.
  • Sunday 25th August: starting at 08:00 volume of 500,000 m3 over one day (24 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m 3/day.
  • Sunday 29th September: starting at 08:00 volume of 600,000 m3 over one day (24 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m3/day.
  • Friday 11th October: starting at 12:00, volume of 2,100,000 m3 over three days (72 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m3/day.
  • Friday 25th October: starting at 12:00, volume of 2,100,000 m3 over three days (72 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m3/day.
  • Friday 8th November: starting at 12:00, volume of 2,100,000 m3 over three days (72 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m3/day.
  • Friday 22nd November: starting at 12:00, volume of 2,100,000 m3 over three days (72 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m3/day.
  • Friday 6th December: starting at 12:00, volume of 2,100,000 m3 over three days (72 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m3/day.
  • Friday 20th December: starting at 12:00, volume of 2,100,000 m3 over three days (72 hours) i.e. the total flow including the compensation shall be increased to 1,500,000 m3/day.

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). Each freshet shall release a volume of 684,225 . Except freshets delivered on the Saturday 27th July and Sunday 8th September which will commence at 06:00 and continue for 13 hours until 19:00 releasing 444,746 m3. 

No DAY DATE MONTH
1 Thursday 21st March
2 Thursday 28th March
3 Saturday 6th April
4 Thursday 11th April
5 Thursday 18th April
6 Saturday 20th April
7 Thursday 25th April
8 Friday 26th April
9 Thursday 2nd May
10 Saturday 4th May
11 Thursday 16th May
12 Saturday 18th May
13 Thursday 23rd May
14 Thursday 30th May
15 Thursday 6th June
16 Thursday 13th June
17 Thursday 20th June
18 Thursday 27th June
19 Thursday 4th July
20 Saturday 6th July
21 Thursday 11th July
22 Saturday 13th July
23 Thursday 18th July
24 Thursday 25th July
25 Saturday 27th July
26 Thursday 1st August
27 Saturday 3rd August
28 Thursday 8th August
29 Saturday 10th August
30 Thursday 15th August
31 Thursday 22nd August
32 Thursday 29th August
33 Thursday 5th September
34 Sunday 15th September (Wet West Paddle Fest)
35 Thursday 19th September
36 Thursday 26th September
37 Thursday 3rd October
38 Thursday 10th October
39 Thursday 17th October
40 Thursday 24th 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.  

Two 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, releasing a total
volume of 340,957 m3/day.

Freshet Release Dates:

No Day Date Month
1 Monday 15th April
2 Friday 26th April
3 Thursday 2nd May
4 Monday 6th May
5 Wednesday 15th May
6 Friday 24th May
7 Friday 31st May
8 Tuesday 4th June
9 Wednesday 12th June
10 Thursday 20th June
11 Monday 24th June
12 Friday 5th July
13 Wednesday 10th July
14 Friday 19th July
15 Thursday 25th July
16 Monday 29th July
17 Tuesday 6th August
18 Tuesday 13th August
19 Friday 23rd August
20 Thursday 29th August
21 Thursday 5th September
22 Wednesday 11th September
23 Thursday 19th September
24 Friday 27th September
25 Tuesday 1st October
26 Tuesday 8th October

River Moriston (Dundreggan Dam)

River Moriston

1st May - 31st October 2019: Releases take place one per week and commence at 11:00 every Tuesday until 16:00 the next day. 

Except for weeks beginning 20th May, 3rd June, 8th July, 29th July, and 2nd September when the freshets shall be released as follows:
  • Saturday 25th May starting at 05:00 continuing for 29 hours until 10:00 on Sunday.
  • Saturday 8th June starting at 09:00 continuing for 29 hours until 14:00 on Sunday.
  • Saturday 13th July starting at 09:00 continuing for 29 hours until 14:00 on Sunday.
  • Saturday 3rd August starting at 10:00 continuing for 32 hours until 18:00 on Sunday.
  • Saturday 14th September starting at 05:00 continuing for 29 hours until 10:00 on Sunday (Wet West Paddle Fest)
Each freshet shall release a minimum of 736,467 m3
 
The SCA has secured the following releases once a month on a Saturday instead of a Tuesday. 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. 

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, Each freshet shall release 811,500 m3.

No. Day Start Date Month
1 Monday 3rd June
2 Wednesday 12th June
3 Friday 28th June
4 Wednesday 3rd July
5 Monday 15th July
6 Friday 26th July
7 Monday 5th August
8 Wednesday 14th August
9 Friday 23rd August
10 Wednesday 4th September
11 Monday 16th September
12 Friday 27th September
13 Monday 7th October
14 Wednesday 16th October
15 Monday 28th 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. Each freshet shall release 976,896 m3.

 

 

Falls of Lora

Not a water release, but a natural tidal wonder.

The falls of Lora are situated six miles North East of Oban on the West Coast of Scotland. The falls are generated when the tide level in the Firth of Lorn drops below the level of the water in Loch Etive. On the Ebb tide, the seawater in Loch Etive pours out through the narrows which are themselves spanned by the spectacular and historic Connel Bridge. The currents and waves produced by the flood tide are also well worth seeing and paddling

The falls provide excitement for kayakers and divers as well as a stunning sight for tourists and photographers

Visit this website for more information on the falls, and when they are running.