Gauge Description:

The gauge is just downstream of the run, therefore should very accurately portray flows in the course.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Cedar River at Charles City, IA
usgs-05457700 3500 - 5000 cfs II 00h21m ~ 1480 cfs (running)
gauge class Generally too shallow for loops, but getting more powerful for dynamic spins and low-angle moves.
Gauge (1054 sq.mi. drainage) is in Charles City, so should accurately reflect water available at this location.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
200 - 400 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II gauge is important or has warning Flat spins only
400 - 800 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II gauge is important or has warning Mostly flatspins. Some elevated moves possible at the upper end of this range.
800 -1800 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II gauge is important or has warning Generally too shallow for loops, but getting more powerful for dynamic spins and low-angle moves.
1800 -3500 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II gauge is important or has warning Moderate (perhaps 'optimum') flows. Excellent play. Vertical moves in Doc's Drop and Exit Exam.
3500 -5000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II gauge is important or has warning High (but playable) flows. Starting to get large logs flushing through.
5000 -7000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II gauge is important or has warning High, fast, no eddies! (Mostly 'catch-on-the-fly' surfs.)
7000 -20000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II gauge is important or has warning Bank full to flooding. Play features washed out. Very fast current. No easy exit from the water.

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
5y342d03h50m @Cedar Charles City Water Park [IA] DD @ 7250cfs 7250 cfs John R. Shultz
7y327d10h30m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Officially Open**) [IA] Dam Drop @ 1200 cfs 0 cfs Steve Weliver
7y327d10h32m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Officially Open**) [IA] Exit Exam @ 1200 cfs 0 cfs Steve Weliver
8y31d05h49m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Doc's Drop Video 5500 cfs Steve Weliver
8y31d06h17m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Dam Drop Video n/a Steve Weliver
8y44d05h47m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Exit Exam n/a Steve Weliver
8y44d05h48m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Doc's Drop n/a Steve Weliver
8y44d05h53m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Overview n/a Steve Weliver
8y160d06h18m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Doc's Drop_1 n/a Steve Weliver
8y186d03h35m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Account of 10/23/10 0.00 ft Steve Weliver
8y186d03h52m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Account of 10/23/10 0 cfs Steve Weliver
8y221d09h40m @Cedar Charles City: *Proposed* Water Park [IA] Account of 09/18/10 0 cfs Steve Weliver
8y221d09h48m @Cedar Charles City: *Proposed* Water Park [IA] 9/17/10 Construction 0 cfs Steve Weliver
8y221d09h52m @Cedar Charles City: *Proposed* Water Park 9/17/10 Construction 0 cfs Steve Weliver