Gauge Description:

The gauge is just downstream of the run, therefore should very accurately portray flows in the course.

0-600 CLASS II
600-1800 CLASS II+
1800-3500 CLASS III
3500-5500 CLASS III
5500+ CLASS III+

Levels:
0-600 extremely low, not much play, maybe some very tame front surfing
600-1800 low runnable, DD moderate playboating, front surf, flatspin, very low angle cartwheels at the higher end of this range. 1000-1500 is the best for riversurfing/sup surfing
1800-3500 runnable, Best playboating levels. Deep enough for freestyle moves! On the higher end of this range riversurfing/sup surfing is great on DD Wave in the pocket
3500-5500 high Playable, but some features lose or have poor eddy access. The top wave is a blast for boats and boards!
5500+ extremely high, Above 5500 eddy access is mostly gone for all features. Some drop in play possible and some secondary waves are eddy accessible but change moment to moment.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Cedar River at Charles City, IA
usgs-05457700 601 - 15000 cfs III 00h45m 3970 cfs (running)
gauge class high Playable, but some features lose or have poor eddy access. The top wave is a blast for boats and boards!
Gauge (1054 sq.mi. drainage) is in Charles City, so should accurately reflect water available at this location.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1 - 600 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low II gauge is important or has warning extremely low, not much play, maybe some very tame front surfing
601 -1800 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning low runnable, DD moderate playboating, front surf, flatspin, very low angle cartwheels at the higher end of this range. 1000-1500 is the best for riversurfing/
1801 -3500 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable III gauge is important or has warning runnable, Best playboating levels. Deep enough for freestyle moves! On the higher end of this range riversurfing/sup surfing is great on DD Wave in the pocket
3501 -5500 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable III gauge is important or has warning high Playable, but some features lose or have poor eddy access. The top wave is a blast for boats and boards!
5501 -15000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable III+ gauge is important or has warning extremely high, Above 5500 eddy access is mostly gone for all features. Some drop in play possible and some secondary waves are eddy accessible but change mome
16000 -25000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High III+ gauge is important or has warning Bank full to flooding. Play features washed out. Very fast current. No easy exit from the water. Bridges my collect debri, may be impassable. NO PLAY.

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
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J
Cedar @Charles City Whitewater [IA] Account of 02/04/20 n/a Hannah Ray J