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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

As of December, 2008, based upon negotiations with AW and FERC, Kaukauna Utilities is providing online gauging for this reach. Unfortunately, this is not a USGS gauge which we can access and report here. However, you can

click this link to go to Kaukauna Utilities

to see their report and table of flows to determine actual reported flow in this reach. Please note that this will be substantially different from the gauge readings reported here. All descriptions on this river-page are based upon the USGS gauge, and are subject to vagaries as noted below.

*The USGS gauge (which is cited on this reach, and used for 'color coding' for runnability) is about 8 miles upstream in Appleton. River flow is highly regulated by a series of locks and dams. The riverbed through this stretch is primarily wide, flat bedrock. A significant part of flow is diverted, both into the locks and into a powerplant channel. Thus, the "gauge flow" does not reflect actual flow in any boatable channel. Further, even the boatable channel for this run is broken up by islands (particularly in the lower portion of this reach, where one encounters braided channels), so it is nearly impossible to quantify (from this gauge) the amount of the flow you are boating in any particular channel.

The gauge serves only as a preliminary indicator of likely runnability. The best gauging is the previously cited Kaukauna Utilities page, or visual inspection, looking at the dam upstream of the put-in. There are eight 'releasable' gates in the dam. One releasing is low boatable, two is good/medium, and three is high.

The detail description of this run includes numerous mentions of 'one-gate', 'two-gates', or 'three-gates' levels. Flows below are based on the Appleton gauge upstream of the diversion (see disclaimer above). Unfortunately, we do not yet have data correlating boatability to flows (reported by Kaukauna Utilities) actually in the bypass.

CFS Relative
Recommended for Description
4,000 - 6,000 Low Beginner to Intermediate
whitewater boaters

Play is possible in '1000 Islands' (below the diagonal dam). (See Part III in the description.)

The early parts of the reach (Part I & II in the description) will generally be too grungy to bother with.

6,000 - 10,000 Optimal Intermediate to stronger
whitewater boaters
Whole reach should be runnable/playable.
10,000+ High Experienced
whitewater boaters
Some features will be great, while other areas may just become too pushy for good play or may 'wash out'.
"Ten Boat Wave" is reported to be great!


Gauge/flow analysis
(based on USGS data, 1986-2006)
Drainage area at gauge 5,950 sq.mi.
All time minimum daily mean flow 783 cfs
90% of time flow exceeds 1,640 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds 8,100 cfs
All time maximum daily mean flow 18,000 cfs
10/90 ratio ('flashy-ness')
(under 3 is quite steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
Average runnable days per year 47


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04084445 6000 - 14000 cfs II-III(IV) 01h24m ~ 4204 cfs (too low)
Entirely within powerplant capacity (reportedly 5260 cfs), thus minimal flow in river (no meaningful whitewater).
Cited gauge is 8 miles upstream with locks and dams regulating flow. **ALWAYS CHECK KU WEBSITE (link in description) FOR TAINTER GATE SETTING AND FLOW INFO.**
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 -5260 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low II-III(IV) Entirely within powerplant capacity (reportedly 5260 cfs), thus minimal flow in river (no meaningful whitewater).
5260 -6000 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low I-II(III) Likely minimal flow in river -- marginally boatable (if even that).
6000 -8000 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II-III Possibly low-to-moderate boatable beginner/intermediate whitewater. Some features/sections of reach should be 'in' while others may not.
8000 -10000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II-III(IV) Possibly optimal flows. Intermediate to stronger whitewater boaters. Whole reach should be runnable/playable.
10000 -14000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II-III+(IV) Experienced whitewater boaters. Some features will be great, others may be too pushy for good play or may 'wash out'. "Ten Boat Wave" is reported to be great!
14000 -99999 cfs barely High-extremely High III-IV(V) Likely outrageously high, strong, pushy. (Please add a comment or report if you have experience at these flows!)

Report - Reports of Fox C) Kaukauna/1000 Islands: Hwy.55/Main Ave. to CTH.ZZ (1.5 miles) and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.


When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Fox [WI] "Dave the Wave" enjoying a medium level surt - left channel below the dam n/a Carla Miner
Fox [WI] Hidden Channel Wave n/a Thomas O'Keefe
241d05h15m /Fox (Outagamie Co.)-1000 Islands (Kaukauna) [WI] 37' gate opening, 10,020cfs in channel = BIG WATER!!! 10020 cfs Rob
250d07h24m /Fox (Outagamie Co.)-1000 Islands (Kaukauna) [WI] FRumpy Troll low runnable level Rob
250d07h24m /Fox (Outagamie Co.)-1000 Islands (Kaukauna) [WI] Walled-in river low runnable level Rob
250d07h24m /Fox (Outagamie Co.)-1000 Islands (Kaukauna) [WI] Launch Site n/a Rob
250d07h24m /Fox (Outagamie Co.)-1000 Islands (Kaukauna) [WI] Put-in Access Gate n/a Rob
1y137d04h09m /Fox (Outagamie Co.)-1000 Islands (Kaukauna) [WI] UGH! (at low-moderate flow) 3630 cfs Rob
4y62d08h39m @Fox B) Kaukauna/1000 Islands: Hwy.55/Main Ave. to CTH.ZZ (1.5 miles) [WI] Fox River site visit too low to run Thomas O'Keefe
7y193d21h39m Fox [WI] Kaukauna Dam n/a Thomas O'Keefe
7y358d20h39m Fox [WI] Fox River n/a Thomas O'Keefe