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Gauge CLAVEY R NR BUCK MEADOWS
Flow Range 400 - 900 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 8 years ago 2 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/04/2009 9:39 pm

River Description


This upper section of the Clavey is reported to be a classic section and significantly easier than the lower section.  However, the road to the lower bridge can be in very poor condition so driving shuttle can be epic.  Many boaters paddle both the upper and lower sections and then paddle out on the main Tuolumne.     Some boaters camp at the lower bridge while some paddle both upper and lower sections in one long day.

 

Other Information Sources:
Boof.com forum
Clavey River Watershed Plan
Clavey River information from Friends of the River

Fred Norquist trip report from 2009 

Rapid Descriptions

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Gage Descriptions

Optimum flows are reported to be around 500 to 800 cfs at the put in.  Three miles downstream, Reed Creek will add another 150 to 300 cfs.   These may be visual estimates only and not based on gauge readings.

 

There is a staff gauge just downstream of the put in which is only visible as you float by.   There are no functioning realtime gauges on the Clavey at present.  Dreamflows estimates flow during late spring and summer based on historical relationships between Clavey and other nearby gauges.

You can also compute a rough estimate of Clavey flow at the Tuolumne confluence.  Find the daily inflow to New Don Pedro, subtract the flow of the Tuolumne at Meral's Pool then multiply by 6/10.   (Inflow to Don Pedro) - (Merals Pool)]*(0.6)= Clavey at confluence.   (formula is courtesy Clavey Coalition Noah)

 

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There were two historical gauges on the Clavey River, plus a gauge on Reed Creek.

 

USGS 11283250

CLAVEY R NR LONG BARN CA

This gauge was operational from 1986 to 1994 and was located close to the put in, at an elevation of 5,160 feet above sea level.   The staff gauge visible below the put in is probably from this historical gauge.  You can estimate flow in cfs from the gage height reading.  The Field Measurements page compares some sporadic gage heights with cfs. 

 

Gage Height

Streamflow

cfs

 
2.23 149  
2.48 206  
2.69 246  
3.02 337  
3.58 470  

 

The Peak Streamflow page for this gauge also shows both gauge heights and cfs.  That data is copied below.

Water
Year
Date Gage
Height
(feet)
Stream-
flow
(cfs)
1987 May 15, 1987 3.63 418
1988 Apr. 26, 1988 3.38 353
1989 Mar. 08, 1989 6.97 1,990
1990 Oct. 24, 1989 5.06 1,010
       
1991 Mar. 04, 1991 5.41 1,190
1992 Apr. 13, 1992 4.09 636
1993 Jan. 22, 1993 7.03 2,150
1994 Apr. 19, 1994 3.56

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USGS

11283350 REED C NR LONG BARN CA

 This gage was also operational from 1986 to 1994. 

Annual Peak Streamflows are copied below.

Water
Year
Date Gage
Height
(feet)
Stream-
flow
(cfs)
1988 Apr. 28, 1988 3.336 111
1989 Mar. 08, 1989 4.13 348
1990 Oct. 23, 1989 3.74 215
1991 Mar. 04, 1991   330
1992 Apr. 13, 1992 3.59 166
1993 Mar. 17, 1993 4.38 410
1994 Apr. 03, 1994 3.44 122

 

     

 

USGS         11283500              CLAVEY R NR BUCK MEADOWS CA

This is the gauge that dreamflows uses for its estimate.   Gage height and cfs comparisons are listed on the Lower Clavey page.

 

 

Directions Description


Driving to the lower bridge take out is reported to be long, hard to find and with potential for trees across the road.  In 2009 it was reported that the road was graded, so is in better shape.

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