Gauge Description:

During the rainy season and early spring, Squaw Valley Creek can often have boatable flows.  The virtual gauge below estimates the flow in Squaw Valley Creek by subtracting the McCloud at Ah-Di-Na flow from McCloud above Shasta flow.  The gauge for McCloud above Shasta shows what you will have once you join the McCloud.

Flows at the put in will be significantly less, but how much less will probably vary by season.   In the winter, the lower tributaries typically contribute greater amounts than later in the spring. There are some springs that provide flow to this creek all year long, but they do not provide enough for boatable flows on their own.

There is an actual gauge of some sort on this river just above the confluence with the McCloud.  There may be other gauges upstream as well.  Rumor is that the gauges are for a short term study of a few years duration.   UC Davis may have started the gauges, but they may be operated now by Nestle/Northstate resources.  There are no online records or information about this gauge.  We hope to learn more about these gauges and obtain historical records if that is possible, but so far we have not been able to get any information about them. 

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Squaw Valley Creek above McCloud confluence
virtual-50649 400 - 1000 cfs IV(V) 00h49m 103.6 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
400 -1000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV(V) gauge is important or has warning Actual boatable range is uncertain.
RIVER ABOVE SHASTA LAKE
cdec-MSS 800 - 2400 cfs IV(V) 01h31m 413 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
800 -2400 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV(V) gauge is important or has warning

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