Gauge Description:

Minimum level listed above is for a good run with no dragging. Can be run down as low as 1.8 ft but will be very scrapy. Levels of 2-3 feet good for float fishing and inexperienced tandem canoeists. Levels of 3-5 feet considered to be ideal for whitewater paddlers, with many preferring the 3.2 to 4 foot range. Above 5 feet the rapids start to wash out.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Ouachita River near Mount Ida, AR
usgs-07356000 4.00 - 5.00 ft I-II 00h32m ~ 5.56 ft (too high)
gauge class A bit high. Boatable, but things start to wash out.
Gauge (414 sq.mi.drainage) is just 10 miles upstream of this reach, thus should be fairly accurate for flows here.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0.00 -1.80 ft extremely Low-somewhat Low I-II gauge is important or has warning Extremely low. Not recommended.
1.80 -3.00 ft somewhat Low-barely Low I-II gauge is important or has warning Good for float fishing and inexperienced tandem canoeists. Not very worthwhile for whitewater boaters.
3.00 -4.00 ft barely runnable-perfect runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Low-to-moderate flows. Perhaps ideal for whitewater boating.
4.00 -5.00 ft perfect runnable-high runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Moderate-to-high flows.
5.00 -6.50 ft somewhat High-somewhat High I-II gauge is important or has warning A bit high. Boatable, but things start to wash out.

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
Ouachita [AR] Big Rock Playspot n/a David McDonald
Ouachita [AR] Below Big Rock Rapid n/a David McDonald
Ouachita [AR] Wave Action~~~Dragover 1100cfs Josh Wolverton
9y220d06h16m Ouachita River [AR] Account of 08/07/09 n/a Candice Dunn
9y304d07h16m @Ouachita 3) Dragover (2.9 miles) [AR] Account of 09/19/09 n/a Roman Ryder
> 10 years Ouachita [AR] Dragover Trail n/a David McDonald