Gauge Description:

This gauge is located just upstream of the mouth with the Columbia River. Flows are regulated by reservoirs upstream but always high enough for boating. Release from the reservoirs of the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project is provided by the Deschutes near Madras which is an alternate gauge used for this run. Flows are typically around 6500 cfs through the winter and early spring, and then dip to 4000 cfs during the summer.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14103000 3000 - 8000 cfs III 01h15m 4800 cfs (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
3000 -8000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable 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
Deschutes [OR] Sherars Falls 4400 Nick Borelli
7y207d23h12m /Deschutes-L. Sherar's Falls to Columbia River [OR] Deschutes - Tressel 12000 cfs Pat Wright
> 10 years Deschutes [OR] Heritage Landing 4420 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Deschutes [OR] Colorado Rapids 4420 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Deschutes [OR] Deschutes River, train n/a Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Deschutes [OR] Lower Deschutes 4490 Thomas O'Keefe