Proposed Water Conservation Release Schedule Below Santa Felicia Dam
Pursuant to Article 408 of United Water Conservation District’s (United) license, issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Santa Felicia Project (P-2153), requires that, by August 15 of each year, United shall provide notification of proposed conservation water releases to interested members of the whitewater boating community.
In accordance with Article 410 of United’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the operation of the Santa Felicia Dam, whitewater boating access on Piru Creek below Santa Felicia Dam is available when 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) or greater is released from the dam. Primarily, flows of 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) or greater occur during United's water conservation releases, or when United is conducting migration water releases (under Article 401 of the license). Conservation releases are conducted for water resource management purposes and typically have a duration of several weeks.
Article 410 of the District’s FERC license also requires that the District provide portage over the Santa Felicia Dam for whitewater enthusiasts boating down middle Piru Creek between January 1 and May 31 and when releases from Lake Piru exceed 200 cubic feet per second (cfs). The District must also maintain a takeout location above Lake Piru for such purposes. Although the proposed Santa Felicia Dam Conservation Release schedule posted above may reach the 200 cfs trigger, due to public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the District's social distancing policy precludes staff from providing transport of whitewater boaters to the input location on middle Piru Creek, thereby making the potential for whitewater boating unavailable at this time.
For additional information of whitewater boating on lower Piru Creek, please also refer to the American Whitewater webpage.
Boaters seeking portage are encouraged to take out above Lake Piru and request escorted access to the put in location below the dam to avoid safety issues associated with climbing up and over the steep terrain. All requests for whitewater access and or portage require 24 hours’ notice and shall occur only on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) between 9am and 3pm between January 1 and May 31 when releases from Lake Piru exceed 200 cfs. To make a reservation, please contact United Water Conservation District’s Chief Park Ranger at (805) 695-3477.Please check this website for updates on releases from Santa Felicia Dam.