Gauge Description:

Gauge is visible across the river from the end of Goodenough Road, north of Fillmore. (Take binoculars for a clear view of the gage).
Look for 5.4 - 6.4 feet. (The flow range is estimated at 400-1000 cfs, with 800 cfs regarded as optimum).


Kevin Mokracek recommends lower flows of 200 to 500 cfs for average boaters.  See his full note in the comments section.   Willingness to boat low flows certainly expands the boatable window.   The trade offs are; very shallow & boney in the upper sections, but easier to deal with portages and and critical moves in the serious sections.


Since the early parts of the run are wide and easy, Jstoez recommends catching high flows of 1000 cfs at the beginning and hope that it drops to around 300 by the end.   The steep sections in the second half of the run are easier at lower flows so boating is easier with high flows at the beginning and low flows towards the end. 


Sespe Creek near Wheeler Springs  Upstream of the put in.

NOAA Sespe forcast

Photo of Fillmore gauge site at high water



Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-11113000 200 - 1000 cfs IV-V 01h01m 23.6 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
200 -1000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning

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