Gauge Description:

New gage!
Sez Kenny Unser: The Falls Village Hydro Plant releases water into the HACKS practice course (top of Swifts) but it bypasses the Rattlesnake section. That accounts for the difference between gauging the Swift's section and the Rattlesnake.
Enough water is needed to spill over the dam above Great Falls. The Rattlesnake might be running when the Bull's Bridge section is above 4 feet on the boater's gauge (that is a guess based on my limited experience). It runs time-to-time during dam maintenance and a release is scheduled during the annual slalom races in the spring. It's tough to gauge. Calling the River House is the best way to go (860-824-5899).

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
HOUSATONIC RIVER AT FALLS VILLAGE, CT
usgs-01199000 1200 - 10000 cfs III-IV 00h56m 318 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1200 -10000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning Best boatable levels uncertain. Help us out with a comment or report.

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
Housatonic [CT] Rattlesnake Slalom race n/a Paul Corey
> 10 years Housatonic [CT] The Rattlesnake Drop 6.5ft Paul Corey
> 10 years Housatonic [CT] Rattlesnake 6.5ft Paul Corey
> 10 years Housatonic [CT] Great Falls on Housatonic,CT n/a john