Gauge Description:

Gauge/flow analysis (based on USGS data, 1972-2013):
Drainage area at gauge: 201 sq.mi.
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 01h51m 189 cfs (too low)
gauge class Likely low, but may be paddleable as low-grade whitewater trip. We can use your input on best flows! Add comments, report flows, and upload photos!
Gauge (201 sq.mi.drainage) is on upstream reach. A handful of tributaries will contribute additional flow; Gauge will somewhat understate flows in this 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. Flatwater likely paddleable, but expect to scrape at any gradient/shoals.
100 - 200 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely low, but may be paddleable as low-grade whitewater trip. We can use your input on best flows! Add comments, report flows, and upload photos!
200 - 500 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely low-to-moderate flows for whitewater trip. We can use your input on best flows! Add comments, report flows, and upload photos!
500 -1000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely moderate flows for whitewater trip. We can use your input on best flows! Add comments, report flows, and upload photos!
1000 -2000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely relatively high flows for whitewater trip. We can use your input on best flows! Add comments, report flows, and upload photos!
2000 -4000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High I-II gauge is important or has warning Caution is urged. Only for well-experienced paddlers who know how to deal with high, pushy water. Add comments, report flows, and upload photos!
4000 -10000 cfs somewhat High-extremely High I-II gauge is important or has warning Extreme caution is urged. Only for well-experienced paddlers who know how to deal with rivers in flood. Add comments, report flows, and upload photos!

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