And then it rained, and rained and rained some more. The lake began to fill up and reach historic levels. It didn’t look good for wading the river for a month or longer
Huge releases from the dam made fishing impossible as the river crested and flooded low lying areas.
14.5 inches of rain in just 6 days filled the lake up to the brim and for the first time in its history the water flowed over the spillway.
On May 24 a severe thunderstorm dumped 4.5 inches of rain in an hour! The caused more flooding and a landslide at the powerhouse which knocked out the new switchgear building, backup generator and damaged the surrounding equipment and buildings.
Repairs to the river road as sections were washed out.
Park at the foot of the dam remains closed.
*Photos courtesy of
Brian W. Stewart
The length of the repairs is unknown at this time, perhaps stretching into the fall or early winter.
" …photos of the damage from the landslide at the Philpott Powerhouse. These were all taken a day or two after the event, and the area looks significantly better since the cleanup. As of now, there is no estimated time of restoration for generator services. For the time being, we will continue to release water through the sluice gates. As inflows to the lake drop, we may need switch to low flow valves to conserve water. This means that that river flows below Philpott Dam will remain more consistent than while generation is taking place. Typically our releases will mirror inflows to the lake to try to keep the lake level near the established guide curve." – Brian W. Stewart
For those with access to rafts, fishing has been good. For those without a boat to float it hasn’t been possible but that may change if the lake level drops and they cut back the flow, so keep an eye on the river gauge.
ex "I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!"
me "There's a season???"
I wish there were more people here that put up the type of quality shit you do. Been feeshn' lately? - Ryan