The gauge is just downstream of the run, therefore should very accurately portray flows in the course.
|Cedar River at Charles City, IA|
|usgs-05457700||200 - 5000 cfs||II||01h09m||547 cfs (running)|
|Mostly flatspins. Some elevated moves possible at the upper end of this range.|
Gauge (1054 sq.mi. drainage) is in Charles City, so should accurately reflect water available at this location.
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