Gauge Description:

This section may be run year round when there is sufficient rainfall to fill the free-flowing Russell Fork or when the Flannagan Dam on the Pound River is releasing.
Scheduled releases are every weekend during the month of October. Check with the Army Corps of Engineers whitewater release web web pages for times and volumes.

Most accurate readings for the Russell tend to be adding the Haysi gauge & Pound gauge together (1461 & 1463). Those are usually within 10-20 cfs accuracy.

The Elkhorn City gauge is great, but only reads in stage and is a little hard to decipher. 6.3 ft is minimum, 7.4-7.5 ft is around 850 cfs. 8 ft is close to maxing out.

Check the rainfall gauges for Dickenson County, VA.
For more Russell Fork information, click here.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Russell Fork Gorge
virtual-6393 125 - 1400 cfs IV-V+ 00h32m 125.4 cfs (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
125 -1400 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-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
Russell Fork [VA] Paul at ElHorrendo Rapid release paul hubbard
Russell Fork [VA] El Horrendo 1150 Andrew Birk
Russell Fork [VA] Boofing El Horrendo release Doug Smith
Russell Fork [VA] Fist Summer 2002 low Jason Foley
Russell Fork [Va] Lew says "No Problem" 1000 cfs Dave Hersman
Russell Fork [VA] Fist 1000 cfs Matt Muir
Russell Fork Gorge [VA] El Horrendo 900 cfs Barry Grimes
2y120d16h00m /Russell Fork-Gorge Section:Garden Hole Road (Breaks Park) to KY takeout [VA] Dave Crawford, meet El Horrendo 0 cfs Daniel Fosbinder
9y47d19h14m /Russell Fork-Gorge Section:Garden Hole Road (Breaks Park) to KY takeout [VA] Striding El Horrendo at low flow n/a bob heckler
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] Fist 240cfs Brandon Hughett
> 10 years Russell Fork [KY] 2007 Lord of the Fork Race 1000cfs Barry Grimes
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] Downstream of El Horrendo 4500 cfs Jason Foley
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] The hazard @ Fist ~1000 Brian Rahall
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] Main line at fist 950 Gerald DeLong
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] El Horrendo at normal flow n/a Julianna Wilson
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] Creekin' rodeo at El Horrendo 240 cfs Mark Stover
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] B and Conard chillin' after running the Russell Fork Gorge 260 Matt Rudolph
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] Fun Drop 1000cfs Brian Rahall
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] setting safety russell fork style... fall release Brian Mattingly
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] el horrendo release Spalding Hurst