Gauge Description:


Show 30 Days--------No. Kings - Below Dinkey Creek----------Show 3 Years

See (Dreamflows) and look at North Fork Kings. Normally, most of this amount will be coming out of Dinkey Creek. Dreamflows now also makes an estimate for Dinkey Creek itself. The main flow data comes from CDEC - NKD. Usually, you can subtract 30 or 40 cfs from the CDEC-NKD number to get the flow in Dinkey.

If the NF Kings is spilling, the flow in Dinkey must be estimated by subtracting flows at CDEC NF Kings above Dinkey Creek from the flows at CDEC - NKD

The gauge for the NF Kings above Dinkey came online in January of 2009, but it only shows stage.   Dreamflows has now constructed what we believe to be an acurate translation table from stage to cfs.  The following rough table was compiled from observations and got the ball rolling.

CDEC NF Kings above Dinkey Creek.   NDC    
3.4 = 1000 cfs
2.8 = 580 cfs
2.3 = 300 cfs
1.9 = 130 cfs
1.4 = 30 cfs approximately

USGS Historical data and other information is also available for this gauge.

There is also a fish release into Dinkey Creek from the aquaduct carrying water to the powerhouse.   The fish release can be up to 25 cfs.   Real time stage data is available at CDEC - Dinkey Creek Siphon Fish Release.    Historical data is available at USGS #2164

200 cfs is low for Dinkey. 400 to 600 cfs is probably optimum.   Some friends like 800 to more than 1,000 cfs, as the creek really cleans up. The push factor becomes too high for many folks at those levels though. Somewhere towards 2000 cfs nasty holes form that discourage even the bravest boaters.

Realtime rainfall and temperature information is reported by an automated weather station at Balch Camp

USGS Kings River Schematic.pdf  shows the various gauges in the basin as well as dams and powerhouses on the NF Kings. 


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Dinkey Creek Above North Fork Kings
dream-453 200 - 1000 cfs V 01h00m 45 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
200 -1000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable V gauge is important or has warning
300 - 600 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable V gauge is important or has warning

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] The first rapid above the put-in n/a n/a
Dinkey Creek [CA] Dinkey: Junk City Rapid medium Paul Martzen
> 10 years Dinkey Creek [CA] Dinkey View from Bridge - 2 900 ? Paul Martzen
> 10 years Dinkey Creek [CA] Dinkey - gauge rocks in Balch Camp 600 - 800 cfs ? Paul Martzen
> 10 years Dinkey Creek [CA] The first rapid above the put-in n/a n/a
> 10 years Dinkey Creek [CA] Dinkey Sign in Balch Camp n/a n/a
> 10 years Dinkey Creek [CA] Rapid on Dinkey Creek 450 Lance Doyle