Gauge Description:

There is no gauge on Roaring River but approximate flows can be estimated from the Clackamas River gauge. Generally the Clackamas River at 3 Lynx should be about 2500cfs for Roaring River to be runnable. Be sure to check the flow at the take-out to confirm river level. There is a stick gauge located in the last pool before the take-out on river-right. There is a faint trail on river-right from the take-out that leads to the pool or the gauge can be viewed from the trail leading out of Roaring River campground on river-left. 2.5' on the stick gauge is a good medium flow. If you can't find the stick gauge, the last rapid is very typical of the nature of the run although there are several harder rapids.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CLACKAMAS RIVER ABOVE THREE LYNX CREEK, OR
usgs-14209500 2000 - 6000 cfs IV 01h17m ~ 614 cfs (too low)
Generally at least 2500cfs is minimum although it depends if it is raining or snowmelt.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
2000 -2600 cfs barely runnable-perfect runnable IV gauge is important or has warning
2600 -4000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable IV gauge is important or has warning
4000 -6000 cfs perfect runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning

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