Gauge Description:

The new USGS gauge W Rosebud Cr at Emerald Lk Campground now reports flows for the reach of interest to paddlers. Acceptable flows are estimates, which will be refined as more runs are logged.

Paddlers gauge is on the bridge at Pine Grove Campground. The Upper run is boatable at 1.7' or higher on the gauge. Levels of 2.0' to 2.3' provide very enjoyable class III to Class IV+ rapids. Contrary to many reports, however, this run contains definite Class V sections above 2.5' on the gauge. Generally, the Lower run can be done at any of these levels, although both "Thorpe" and "Terminal Moraine" will be portaged at levels much above 2.0'

American Whitewater and Beartooth Padders worked with the dam owner and other stakeholders to negotiate late-season optimal whitewater release on West Rosebud Creek.  After the dam begins spilling, which can be tracked here, and flows begin to drop just below runnable levels, PPL will release extra water on weekends to bring flows back into the optimal range.  When flows drop too low, releases are no longer possible.  To plan your trip, simply apply the West Rosebud USGS gage reading to the agreed upon release protocol.  More information can be found on the PPL West Rosebud Website.

Go With The Flow






Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
W Rosebud Cr at Emerald Lk Campground nr Roscoe
usgs-06204070 300 - 750 cfs III-IV+(V) 01h25m 567 cfs (running)
gauge class NOTE: this gage indicates realtime flow in the run, but is not the gage used to trigger summer flow releases.

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
300 - 750 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III-IV+(V) gauge is important or has warning NOTE: this gage indicates realtime flow in the run, but is not the gage used to trigger summer flow releases.

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
Rosebud Creek, West @Emerald Lake to Pine Grove Campground [MT] Account of 03/25/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
West Rosebud Creek [MT] Shuttle Help n/a Steve Rodgers
West Rosebud Creek [MT] Shuttle Help n/a Steve Rodgers
[MT] West Rosebud n/a Steve Rodgers
Snake Rapid...I think [MT] West Rosebud n/a Steve Rodgers
Rosebud Creek, West [MT] Carla at Snake 290 David Gulbrandson
Rosebud Creek, West [MT] Ian and John Run West Rosebud n/a Kevin Colburn
8y354d10h27m /Rosebud Creek, West-Emerald Lake to Pine Grove Campground [MT] Pin Potential- Goat Boy 623 cfs Burgess Norrgard
> 10 years Montana 2010 West Rosebud Release 500 cfs Kevin Colburn
> 10 years Rosebud Creek, West [MT] Ron at Goat Boy 350cfs David Gulbrandson
> 10 years Rosebud Creek, West [MT] Ron at Boat Boy 350cfs David Gulbrandson
> 10 years Rosebud Creek, West [MT] West Rosebud 660 cfs Thomas O'Keefe