Gauge Description:

Use the USGS gauge on Mill Creek at Parker Rd, 1.5 miles upstream of this site.  Detail data can be found at

 

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dtx&gage=dexm4

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MILL CREEK NEAR DEXTER, MI
usgs-04173500 140 - 524 cfs II 01h53m 30.8 cfs (too low)
gauge class Too shallow to get a boat down.
Gauge (128 sq.mi. drainage) within a couple miles upstream, thus accurately portrays flows in this reach except when there are ice dams.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 60 cfs extremely Low-barely Low II gauge is important or has warning Too shallow to get a boat down.
60 - 119 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low II gauge is important or has warning Very bony and most of the features of interest are gone. If you just want to launch in Dexter and paddle down to the Huron, it's runnable.
120 - 139 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low II gauge is important or has warning Can be run at this level for eddy practice but the surf waves are gone.
140 - 180 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II gauge is important or has warning Good surfing at 3rd weir, and 2nd is OK. 1st weir hole is soft but workable. Good squirt line below 2nd.
180 - 300 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II gauge is important or has warning Ideal for running and surfing. All features are available, though 1st weir eddies flush out near the top of this range.
300 - 524 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II gauge is important or has warning 1st weir hole good but it's one try then carry back up. 2nd weir is ideal surfing. 3rd weir flushes out, 4th is good.
525 - 750 cfs barely High-extremely High II gauge is important or has warning First weir is a wave-hole, surfable but catch on the fly only, no eddies. Everything else is flushed out. Safely boatable, just not much fun.

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
> 10 years [MI] Surfing 2nd weir at 480 cfs n/a Lee Green
> 10 years [MI] Account of 05/26/09 n/a n/a
> 10 years Mill Creek [MI] Surfing the wave at the 4th weir 250 CFS Lee Green