East and West Hickman are formed by water spilling out of Lexington's two reservoirs and the virtual gauge is the combined flow of both branches. Both gauges are found upstream of the commonly paddled sections, therefore they are an indicator of future flow and do not take into account small downstream tributaries. Under most conditions, the flow reported on the virtual gauge will take approximately 7-9 hours to reach the takeout bridge. Also, the minimum level is only a guess, as most experience is with levels above 450 cfs. (Unless you are dying for a float or interested in a low-water beginner trip, the fun minimum is likely around 400-500 cfs.) Because this is one of the few online gauges in central Kentucky it can be used as an indicator for additional streams. However, additional data is needed to develop reliable correlations.
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