Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Vermilion Approximation
virtual-96843 500 - 8000 cfs I-II(III) 01h58m ~ 511.83 cfs (running)
gauge class Reasonable beginner/intermediate flows.
Virtual gauge (if Leonore not reporting) approximates flow as 2.178*Pontiac based on relative drainage. (Might predict flow 24hrs later?)
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 500 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low II-III gauge is important or has warning Almost certainly too low for reasonable whitewater.
500 -1500 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-II(III) gauge is important or has warning Reasonable beginner/intermediate flows.
1500 -4000 cfs perfect runnable-high runnable II-III gauge is important or has warning Intermediate/advanced flows.
4000 -8000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II-III gauge is important or has warning Big-water fun flows.
8000 -12000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II-III+ gauge is important or has warning Big and pushy. Fun for strong, advanced-skill paddlers.
12000 -99999 cfs somewhat High-extremely High III+ gauge is important or has warning HUGE! Big waves. Expertly skilled boaters only!
VERMILION RIVER NEAR LEONORE, IL
usgs-05555300 500 - 8000 cfs I-II(III) 01h56m 725 cfs (running)
gauge class Reasonable beginner/intermediate level.
Gauge(1251 sq.mi. drainage) is 6.75 miles upstream. Drainage at put-in is 1278 sq.mi., ~2% more, so listed flow should be quite accurate for this reach.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 500 cfs extremely Low-barely Low II-III gauge is important or has warning Too low for a decent run.
500 -1500 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-II(III) gauge is important or has warning Reasonable beginner/intermediate level.
1500 -4000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II-III gauge is important or has warning Intermediate/advanced level.
4000 -8000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II-III gauge is important or has warning Big water fun level.
8000 -12000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II-III+ gauge is important or has warning Big, pushy.
12000 -99999 cfs somewhat High-extremely High III+ gauge is important or has warning HUGE! Big waves.

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