Gauge Description:

The following are recommended minimum flow levels:

  • Drift boats- 800cfs
  • Inflatable rafts- 500cfs
  • Canoes- 300cfs
  • Inflatable kayaks- 200cfs

(Clarno Rapid (III-IV) can be unrunable at low water; scout left, portage on either side, line right. Canoeists floating at levels above 2,500 cfs should have whitewater experience and carry floatation bags.)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14046500 1200 - 6000 cfs II-III 00h53m 1930 cfs (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1200 -6000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III 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
John Day @3. Clarno to Cottonwood [OR] Account of 04/16/19 n/a Jess Ordower
> 10 years John Day [OR] Cottonwood Take-out 7100 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years John Day [OR] John Day scenic view 7800 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years John Day [OR] John Day rafting 8200 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years John Day [OR] Upper Clarno 8000 cfs Thomas O'Keefe