2012 Drawdown

In cooperation with Friends of Claytor Lake (FOCL) and Pulaski County, Appalachian Power Company has requested approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a temporary drawdown of the Claytor Reservoir during November 2012.  The purpose of the drawdown is to provide property owners an opportunity to perform shoreline stabilization, cleanup and other maintenance related activities along the shoreline. Permits are required for other acitivites such as shoreline stabilization and dock expansions.

The 2012 drawdown is scheduled to begin Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8 am.  The reservoir will be lowered one (1) foot per day until it reaches 1843’ (for a total of 3 feet) on Saturday morning, November 10, 2012.  The reservoir will start refilling on the evening of Sunday, November 18, 2012 with a target date of being back to normal elevation by Wednesday evening, November 21st, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Water levels may fluctuate between three to four feet down from full pond (1846 feet) during the drawdown period.

This is where you come in. 

Mitigation for 2012 includes efforts to increase mussel salvage during the drawdown.  This means we need your help in returning mussels to the water if they are stranded along your shoreline during the drawdown.  If you see mussels, pick them up and gently toss them 5-10’ into the water. Please complete the postcard you received with your AEP letter to document your shoreline work as well as mussel salvage efforts and mail the completed card to FOCL.

How do I identify?

There are several mussel species that we are performing the salvage on and one specie that we want to make sure you are not helping return to the water.


Do NOT salvage the Asian Clam, they are not a native species to Claytor Lake.


Mussel Salvage & Drawdown Form 

If you need help with mussel salvage or would like to help others with mussel salvage, you can contact Laura Bullard at (540) 392-3055 or  sunnyside@psknet.comInformation sessions about mussels will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at 6 pm at the Claytor Lake State Park and again on Saturday, November 10th at 9 am at Claytor Lake State Park and Harry DeHaven Park.

Drawdown Form: