Gauge Description:

This gage is several miles below the Fife Brook section. The bubble takes about 3-4 hours to get to the gage. A typical release is 700 cfs and generally start between 9:30 am and noon. For current and the next days release information from Fife Brook dam go to the Waterline FlowCaste website. You can also call 1-800-452-1737 and at the prompt key in 255123 for the same web based information over the phone. Careful, though; they seem to change their collective mind at the drop of a helmet.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the gauge is far, far below this section. Two major tributaries, the Chickley and the Cold flow in below the gauge and the Gap. Therefore the gauge doesn't offer much to know if it's flowing, but offers Waterline offers a release schedule and an estimated flow, which is helpful especially during spring runoff when there is water flowing over the dam or they're releasing cause it's too high. 

Look here for data: Deerfield Riv at Fife Brook Dam Florida MA. The following ranges are from waterline - NOT FROM THE USGS GAUGE. 700-1000 cfs is normal. 1000-1500 the river gets a bit bigger, but not much harder. 

Above 2000 cfs, significant sections of rapids wash out, and new holes develop. Rapids are not significantly more challenging (i.e. still class II) until Zoar Gap. The Gap becomes a whole different beast, and above 2500cfs is very solid class IV big water - watch out for some nasty holes in Baby Gap that are backed up by huge eddies.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
DEERFIELD RIVER AT CHARLEMONT, MA
usgs-01168500 700 - 5000 cfs II(III) 23h53m 778 cfs (running)
gauge class Summer and fall releases are generally b/w 700-1500

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
700 -1500 cfs barely runnable-perfect runnable II(III) gauge is important or has warning Summer and fall releases are generally b/w 700-1500
1500 -5000 cfs perfect runnable-high runnable II(III) gauge is important or has warning No known max. Look at the waterline gauge (in the river description)

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Fife Brook Deerfield River [MA] Zoar Gap routes post-release, < 600 David Brucas
Fife Brook Deerfield River [MA] Zoar Gap ~1100 cfs Shawn Sullivan
3y68d05h17m /Deerfield-Fife Brook Section Zoar Gap 0 cfs Bob Nasdor
9y111d03h53m /Deerfield-Fife Brook Section [MA] Account of 03/29/10 0.00 ft Patti Vaughn
> 10 years Deerfield [MA] Fife Brook at Night n/a Ben VanCamp
> 10 years Deerfield (Fife Brook) [MA] Surfing at Freight Train 700 cfs Mark Lacroix
> 10 years Deerfield [MA] Zoar Gap Run n/a Carlos Estrada
> 10 years deerfield [ma] zoar gap 900 bill archambeault
> 10 years Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River [MA] Pat Rogers: second Zoar Gap run 900(?) cfs Ryan Shackleton
> 10 years Deerfield [MA] Zoar Gap n/a Patrick Rogers
> 10 years Deerfield [MA] Zoar Gap 1000 cfs Mark Lacroix
> 10 years Deerfield [MA] Zoar Gap n/a Patrick Rogers
> 10 years Deerfield River [MA] Java ender ? Patrick Rogers