The standard release into the most boated section of the Ocoee (Ocoee Dam
#2 to below Ocoee Dam #2 powerhouse) is approximately 1,220 cfs. The water
for this section is released from Ocoee Dam #2. The release
schedule is posted here: Ocoee
Release Schedule; current
flows are reported here: Ocoee
Dam #2 discharge.
Unscheduled releases sometimes occur after heavy rains.
Determining whether an unscheduled release is taking place is made
difficult by the fact that water can be discharged from Dam #2 into either
the riverbed or the nearly five-mile wooden flume to its powerhouse.
TVA does not report where the water is going. Current releases from
the Ocoee Dam #3 upsteam are reported, however, and if the Ocoee
Dam #3 discharge exceeds the Ocoee
Dam #2 discharge, the extra water must be flowing over the Ocoee Dam
#2 into the streambed. The river can be banged down as
low as 500-700 cfs (at which level it is a shallow, creeky III) and has
been run very very high (many many thousands of cfs).