The COE began maintaining minimum flows for the Norfork and Bull Shoals tailwaters in the summer of 2013. The recorded phone message states the number of generators that are running and the lake level. That is no longer a reliable indication of flow levels for wading fisherman.
For example, the recorded message may say that one unit is running, but they're actually running less than one unit as may be required for minimum flow. The COE flow charts on this page can be used to monitor recent CFS flows, but that may not be the same as current flows.
If the recorded message says one unit is running at Bull Shoals or Norfork, popular low flow wadding destinations may or may not be safe to wade. The general rule of thumb is that minimum flow levels are about five inches higher than if there were no generation.
If you know someone at the COE that's responsible for the recorded message, let them know that current CFS information would be very helpful for wading fisherman.
The stream flow information on this page is from the Corp of Engineers and Southwestern Power Administration web sites. The SWPA posts a daily generation schedule. The schedule is updated daily around 5:00 pm CST. The weekend schedule is usually posted Friday evening. That schedule determines the minimum generation levels for the following day, but the COE may release more volume or generate more hours than the schedule calls for. The COE provides real time recorded messages with current (most of the time) generation information at the following numbers.