Gauge Description:

Gauge/flow analysis (based on USGS data, 1972-2013):
Drainage area at gauge: 201 square miles
Minimum daily mean flow (2007.08.17): 41 cfs
90% of time flow exceeds: 65 cfs
50% of time flow exceeds: 120 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 416 cfs
Maximum daily mean flow (1985.04.21): 4050 cfs
10/90 ratio: 6.4 ('flashy-ness')(under 3 is quite steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
The 10/90 ratio of 6.4 shows this to be only slightly 'flashy', I.E., flows tend to be relatively more smooth and steady. That said, the '50% flow' of 120 cfs is likely to mean flow is too low for any real whitewater (or 'play') at least half the year, and (like so many upper-Midwest runs) the '10% flow' (of 416 cfs) is likely what is needed for 'best' whitewater. (Thus meaning it is at those flows just over one full month of the year . . . 10% of the time, ~36 days, on average.)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
PINE RIVER NEAR RUDYARD, MI
usgs-04127917 200 - 2000 cfs I-II 01h49m 189 cfs (too low)
gauge class Likely low, but likely boatable, with minimal/tame whitewater. We need your input. Add a comment or report regarding flows.
Gauge (201 sq.mi.drainage) is immediately downstream of listed put-in, thus very accurately reflects actual flow in reach.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 100 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely too low for true whitewater trip. (Shoals/rapids will be a scrape.) We need your input. Add a comment or report regarding flows.
100 - 200 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely low, but likely boatable, with minimal/tame whitewater. We need your input. Add a comment or report regarding flows.
200 - 500 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely low-to-moderate flows. We need your input. Add a comment or report regarding flows.
500 -1000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely moderate flows. We need your input. Add a comment or report regarding flows.
1000 -2000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely high-boatable flows. We need your input. Add a comment or report regarding flows.
2000 -4000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High I-II gauge is important or has warning High, pushy flows. Recommended only for highly experienced, skilled paddlers with full awareness of dangers of rivers in flood-like conditions.
4000 -10000 cfs somewhat High-extremely High I-II gauge is important or has warning (Near) Record flows. Utmost caution is urged. Be aware of (and prepared to deal with) dangers of rivers in flood.

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