Gauge Description:

Fairly uniform flows are provided by the (largely) spring-fed Chain O' Lakes. Most floaters of this stream choose to do so during summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day) when virtually all rivers in the state are at their lowest levels, and (not to be an exception) this trip will be a series of pools connected by (likely to be a tad scrapey) shoals.

A (long defunct/unfunded) gauge at the listed take-out location lists drainage area of 82 square miles.

Flows here may correlate to those on Waupaca River at Waupaca. Unfortunately, as of June, 2020, that gauge has gone unfunded. We are now using the Tomorrow River (about 16.5 miles NNW), which has roughly half the drainage area as our put-in here, thus flows *could* be roughly twice that gauge. As always, with reference gauges, correlation is not assured.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
WAUPACA RIVER NEAR WAUPACA, WI
usgs-04081000 300 - 1800 cfs I-II 107d02h40m ~ 426 cfs (running)
gauge class *IF* gauge correlates, could be 50-100 cfs. Perhaps a pretty fair flow? *PLEASE HELP YOUR FELLOW BOATERS WITH COMMENTS REGARDING GAUGE AND BOATABILITY!*
Flow *may* be about 1/6th the flow of Waupaca River. USGS gauge went unfunded June, 2020.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 300 cfs extremely Low-barely Low I-II gauge is important or has warning *IF* gauge correlates, could be less than 50 cfs. Likely to scrape in rapids and shoals.
300 - 600 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning *IF* gauge correlates, could be 50-100 cfs. Perhaps a pretty fair flow? *PLEASE HELP YOUR FELLOW BOATERS WITH COMMENTS REGARDING GAUGE AND BOATABILITY!*
600 -1200 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning *IF* gauge correlates, could be 100-200 cfs. Likely a fair flow? *PLEASE HELP YOUR FELLOW BOATERS WITH COMMENTS REGARDING GAUGE AND BOATABILITY!*
1200 -1800 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning *IF* gauge correlates, could be 200-300 cfs. Likely high flow? *PLEASE HELP YOUR FELLOW BOATERS WITH COMMENTS REGARDING GAUGE AND BOATABILITY!*
1800 -2400 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High I-II gauge is important or has warning *IF* gauge correlates, could be 300-400 cfs. Unusually high flow. Dangerous? *PLEASE HELP YOUR FELLOW BOATERS WITH COMMENTS REGARDING GAUGE AND BOATABILITY.*
2400 -9999 cfs somewhat High-extremely High I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely record high flows. Dangerous? *PLEASE HELP YOUR FELLOW BOATERS WITH COMMENTS REGARDING GAUGE AND BOATABILITY.*
TOMORROW RIVER NEAR NELSONVILLE, WI
usgs-04080798 75 - 350 cfs I-II 00h40m ~ 35.2 cfs (too low)
gauge class Almost certainly too low for any real whitewater. *TENTATIVE: Please add a comment regarding gauge reading vs flow, runnability, and class/rating.
Reference gauge (Tomorrow River, 16.5 miles NNW) has 40 sq.mi.drainage. Flow at put-in *could* be about twice the gauge reading. (Correlation not assured.)
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 50 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low I-II gauge is important or has warning Almost certainly too low for any real whitewater. *TENTATIVE: Please add a comment regarding gauge reading vs flow, runnability, and class/rating.
50 - 75 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely too low for decent whitewater. *TENTATIVE: Please add a comment regarding gauge reading vs flow, runnability, and class/rating.
75 - 150 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely low to low-moderate. *TENTATIVE: Please add a comment regarding gauge reading vs flow, runnability, and class/rating.
150 - 250 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely moderate flows (possibly 300-500 cfs). *TENTATIVE: Please add a comment regarding gauge reading vs flow, runnability, and class/rating.
250 - 350 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely moderate flows (possibly 500-700 cfs). *TENTATIVE: Please add a comment regarding gauge reading vs flow, runnability, and class/rating.
350 - 500 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High I-II gauge is important or has warning Unusually high flows (possibly 700-1000 cfs). *Please add a comment regarding gauge reading vs flow, runnability, and class/rating.*
500 -9999 cfs somewhat High-extremely High I-II gauge is important or has warning Likely in flood. Please add a comment regarding gauge reading vs flow, runnability, and class/rating.

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When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
5y322d22h39m @Crystal Chain O' Lakes to Little Hope (Wayside Park) (5 miles) [WI] Tame play a good level bryan foster