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 for this upper stretch of the Lost River (above WV55) are 320 - 1,500 cfs at Brandywine, 540 - 2,600 cfs at Cootes Store and 300 - 1,450 cfs for the Lost River virtual gauge.   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.

There is a painted gauge on the Route 55 bridge, west side abutment. For the upper Lost (above the WV55 bridge), a level of 0 to 3 feet is good, though it can be run a little bit below 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 300 - 1450 cfs I-II 00h26m 12.85 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
300 - 340 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning
340 - 660 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning
660 -1450 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable I-II 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 540 - 2600 cfs I-II 00h24m 17.6 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
540 -2600 cfs barely runnable-high runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning
S F SOUTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER AT BRANDYWINE, WV
usgs-01607500 320 - 1500 cfs I-II 00h39m 16.9 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
320 -1500 cfs barely runnable-high runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

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