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.
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.
|Dinkey Creek Above North Fork Kings|
|dream-453||200 - 1000 cfs||V||01h50m||84 cfs (too low)|
Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.
|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|