Gauge Description:

The graph below is an estimate for Dinkey Creek at Dinkey Meadows based on its historical ratio to the NF Kings below Dinkey Creek.   Starting in 2010, dreamflows is able to confidently subtract flows in NF Kings above Dinkey from flows in NF Kings below Dinkey to calculate flows in Dinkey above the NF Kings.  


The ratio between Dinkey Meadows and Dinkey at NF confluence changes a bit depending on the water year type and whether it is early or late in the season.   Dreamflows does a pretty good job at calculating this, but expect some error. 

As of 2007, there is a painted staff gauge on the river right bridge support on the highway bridge below Dinkey Creek Campgrounds. A level near 3 or 4 on this gauge is pretty good for this section, but it has been run both higher and lower.  A level of 2 is "paddling to avoid rocks in the shallows" low but plenty fun in the bedrock drops. 

When you paddle here please submit a comment with the date run, the levels at this painted gauge, and on the Dinkey Meadows gauge.

Also see historical records for an old gauge at Dinkey Creek at Dinkey Meadows. This gauge is on river right downstream of Camp El-O-Win, about where the creek reenters bedrock. The gauge no longer functions but there is a staff marker still there so you can tell the actual level as you pass by. Dreamflows makes estimates based on the data this gauge once provided. When the flow at Dinkey Meadows is not reported, look at Dinkey above the NF Kings or just look at NF Kings. Flow at Dinkey Meadows is roughly about 2/3 of the NF Kings readings most of the time.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Dinkey Creek At Dinkey Meadow
dream-454 180 - 500 cfs IV-V 109d09h58m 104 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
180 - 500 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning Range is an initial rough estimate

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
Dinkey Creek [CA] Starting out moderate Paul Martzen
> 10 years @Dinkey Creek 2. Dinkey Creek Campgrounds to logging spur road [CA] Account of 07/04/10 192 cfs Paul Martzen
> 10 years /CLEAR CREEK AT GOLDEN, CO [CO] Afternoon at the whitewater park 420 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years /CLEAR CREEK AT GOLDEN, CO [CO] Clear Creek Trip 340 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Dinkey Creek [CA] Access Road take out Low Paul Martzen
> 10 years Dinkey Creek [CA] Gauge Rock at Dinkey Bridge-2 low Paul Martzen
> 10 years Dinkey Creek [CA] Morning Glow low Paul Martzen