Gauge Description:

A virtual gauge has been developed for the Lost based on the Brandywine gauge on the South Fork, South Branch Potomac and Cootes Store gauge on the North Fork Shenandoah all in cfs.  The ranges are 355 - 1,500 cfs at Brandywine, 570 - 2,600 cfs at Cootes Store and 370 - 1,450 cfs for the Lost River virtual gauge.   The painted bridge gauge (in feet) correlates to the virtual gauge (in cfs) as follows"  0' = 370 cfs; 1' = 452 cfs.  The great Cacapon gauge is too far downstream to be at all useful for the Lost and the Moorefield gauge on the South Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac is best ignored for this run.

Because the river flows underground through here much of the year, it takes a lot of water for the Dry Gorge to run.

There is a painted gauge on the Route 55 bridge, west side abutment. A level of 1 to 3 feet is good, though it can be run down to zero. Construction of the Corridor H highway may ultimately change this gauge. Report observations here.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Lost River, WV Dry Gorge
virtual-230541 370 - 1450 cfs II-III(IV) 00h31m 88.5 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
370 - 400 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II-III(IV) gauge is important or has warning
400 - 660 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II-III(IV) gauge is important or has warning
660 -1450 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report
N F SHENANDOAH RIVER AT COOTES STORE, VA
usgs-01632000 570 - 2600 cfs II-III(IV) 00h29m 172 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
570 -2600 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III(IV) gauge is important or has warning
S F SOUTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER AT BRANDYWINE, WV
usgs-01607500 355 - 1500 cfs II-III(IV) 00h44m 91 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
355 -1500 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III(IV) gauge is important or has warning Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

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
2y63d21h34m /Lost-2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Account of 03/30/18 n/a Bob Maxey
3y357d21h22m /Lost-2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Lost River n/a Philip Young
3y357d21h28m /Lost-2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Lost River n/a Philip Young
9y84d09h16m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Landslide 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h17m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Landslide 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h20m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Landslide 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h21m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Misc 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h23m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Misc 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h25m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Misc 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h27m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] "Ledges" 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h28m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] "Ledges" 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h29m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] "Ledges" 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h31m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] "Ledges" 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h33m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Misc 3.75 ft Mike Noud
9y84d09h42m @Lost 2. WV 55/259 Bridge to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville [WV] Misc 3.75 ft Mike Noud
> 10 years Lost [WV] Ledges n/a keith merkel