The lake information for October 19th, 2017 as of 12 AM includes the headwater elevation at 704.55 ft and the tailwater elevation at 542.85 ft. The generation schedule is from 10am - 6pm.
However, this is subject to change without notice or warning.
As of October 16th, 2017 the water temperature at Burnside Marina was recorded as follows:
Surface - 73.6 ºF
10 ft. - 73.3 ºF
20 ft. - 73.3 ºF
The Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to bring attention to the dangers present in the tail water of dams. It is mandatory at Lake Cumberland that everyone in a boat, no matter their age, must properly wear a life jacket if they are located in the discharge of Wolf Creek Dam to Kendall Day-Use Ramp. Other guidelines to follow to increase water safety is to not anchor to the dam, be aware of the generation schedule, realize the generation schedule is subject to change at any given time, and wear a life jacket when on Lake Cumberland or on the tail water of Wolf Creek Dam. With the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as everyone in the public we can work together to make boating a more safe and enjoyable experience!
ATTENTION!: Beginning August 10th, 2017 Wolf Creek Dam will be opening the sluice gates to improve water quality down stream. While these gates are open, hazardous boating conditions will persist. Whenever a sluice gate is open, the waters below dams are considered a restricted area due to hazardous waters.
During sluice gate operation vessels are to stay 500 feet downstream from the dam.
Sluicing provides oxygen critical to the survival of fish in the tailwater, but hazardous conditions are also created near the dam.