Gauge Description:

Chris Koll explains the Moose River releases in the fall (taken from NPMB.com):

"...a scheduled Bottom Moose release has absolutely no bearing on levels in either the Middle of Lower Moose.

"Now, this entire scenario is complicated by the presence of a small dam located way upstream on the Middle Branch of the Moose adjacent to the parking lot of Slickers Tavern in Old Forge. This dam controls levels of the Fulton Chain of Lakes--an impoundment stretching for nearly 20 miles. The lake is annually drawn down for flood control and to avoid ice damage. The Black River Regulatory District has worked with me to schedule the start of this drawdown to correspond with the Moose Fest weekend (this year Oct. 13-14). The maximum amount of water that can be spilled from the small dam is around 400 cfs which isn't enough by itself to make the Moose runnable--but when combined with natural flows in the North Branch Moose and South Branch Moose, it generally equates to a minimum reading at McKeever of 3'. Obviously, McKeever can read much higher if the South and North Branches have normal or above fall flows.

"Therefore--the drawdown from the Fulton Chain does guarantee adequate or better water levels for all three sections of the Moose. But that drawdown doesn't start until October 17."

Levels, according to Chris Koll:
2.6-2.7 is around 500 cfs.
3.5' is around 750 cfs.
4' is an even 1000 cfs.
5' is 1850 cfs.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MOOSE RIVER AT MCKEEVER NY
usgs-04254500 3.80 - 10.00 ft III-IV 00h22m 3.61 ft (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
3.80 -4.20 ft barely runnable-med runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning It gets quite bony much below 4 ft, but the rapids can still be real at the lower levels.
4.21 -6.00 ft med runnable-a bit pushy runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning This is a rough approximation of the medium level. We know that it gets significantly pushier somewhere between 4 and 5 feet.
6.00 -10.00 ft a bit pushy runnable-high runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning This gets really big above 6 feet; you probably need to sneak some stuff in this range. When in doubt, scoudt!

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
Moose [NY] Lower Moose Map n/a Matt Muir
8y188d00h50m /Moose-2. Lower: Rock Island to Fowlersville [NY] Account of 07/03/11 3.96 ft Tom Wagner
8y188d00h50m /Moose-2. Lower: Rock Island to Fowlersville [NY] Mark Oursler 3.96 ft Tom Wagner
8y188d00h50m /Moose-2. Lower: Rock Island to Fowlersville [NY] Alyson Slack 3.96 ft Tom Wagner
8y188d00h50m /Moose-2. Lower: Rock Island to Fowlersville [NY] Peter Lo Rodeo Show 3.96 ft Tom Wagner
> 10 years Lower Moose [NY] Hans runs Elevator 4.4' Adrian VandenBout
> 10 years Moose [NY] Tannery Rapid 4.4' Matt Muir