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 00h56m ~ 9.12 ft (too high)
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
9y276d16h39m Ouachita River [AR] Account of 08/07/09 n/a Candice Dunn
9y360d17h39m @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