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Difficulty II(IV) at this flow (I normally)
Length 0 Miles
Gauge Missouri River at St. Charles, MO
Flow Range 106000 - 304000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 37 minutes ago ~ 185000 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/15/2010 7:59 pm

River Description

A park-and-play in "Centaur Chute" around Howell Island in the Missouri River. Water flows across a drive-thru (from the shore to the island) and creates a wide wave at favorable flows.

Check out the following YouTube Video, reportedly at 100,000 cfs (unsure if it really correlates to cited gauge).

Rapid Descriptions


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brad higgins
8 years ago

Good level is between 24 and 27 ft on the gauge link below, with prime level from 25 to just over 26 ft. Usually runs in spring and summer. There is rumor of the low water bridge being repaired, unsure how this will affect the waves. There is some re-bar and sharp concrete from the bridge toward river right, be sure to get at least 20 yards out before dropping in. Swift current can make for dangerous paddling if lacking experience and it will be a very long swim on a wet exit. Some better videos and pictures are linked as well.

Gage Descriptions

We do not have reliable information regarding gauge readings as they relate to recommended play at this site.

There are some reports that stage readings in the "low 20's" make this a sticky pour-over.

However, the gauge seems to correlate 20' to 140,000 cfs, and there is a YouTube video which reports flow of 100,000 cfs, and the river is cranking (in flood!). So, there is some question as to which gauge people are citing.

From other YouTube videos, it appears that stage readings in the mid-20's (maybe 24-26'?) are perhaps best.



Directions Description

This is a park-and-play, so 'shuttle' directions below are meaningless. However, use the text-entry box to input your home or other starting address to get drive time, distance, and directions to this location.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198161 09/15/10 Rob n/a
1198163 09/15/10 Rob Preliminary write-up. Need more info!
1198164 09/15/10 Rob Minor edits, add YouTube video.