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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Traditionally Canyon Creek is gauged at the put-in bridge by the level of the water relative to "the unit" which is the platform at the bridge footing (photo). With the PacifiCorp's recent addition of a real-time gauge on Canyon Creek paddlers can now check discharge directly. The minimum flow for a standard boating trip is about 500 cfs or -8" below the unit. Technical boating opportunities are available between about 300-500 cfs. High water runs from 1500-2000 cfs are also possible for those who know the run. Runs above 2000 cfs are certainly possible and have been done but this flow is not for mere mortals.

If you're going off the relative reading  from "the unit", the creek can be run as low -12" although it's boney in places. A reading of -8" is the minimum flow for a standard trip. A good range for first timers is -6" to -4". Once you get above +3" things start to get pushy at +6" some of the ledges get pretty sticky. You can still run it above +12" but it's class V and there are consequences if you make a mistake. Things are raging at +18" and some of the holes are really rententive.

Here's the approximate correlation for the East Fork Lewis gauge (which was historically used). If you have the unit correlation for the new Canyon Creek gauge please post a comment.

Unit CC (cfs) EFL (cfs)
-12"   500
-8" 500  
-6"   700
-4"   900
0  1000 1300
3"   1600


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14219000 500 - 1500 cfs IV+ 00h18m 50.9 cfs (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
500 - 700 cfs barely runnable-perfect runnable IV+
700 -1100 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable IV+
1100 -1500 cfs perfect runnable-high runnable IV-V 1400 is the high water cutoff for the NW Creeking Comp race on this stretch. Its V- at that level, but that rating is not an available choice here.

Report - Reports of Canyon Creek (Lewis River trib.) 2 - Fly Creek to Merwin Reservoir and related gauges

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
Canyon Creek [WA] Below Big Kahuna Medium Jim Pytel
Canyon Creek [WA] Casey Champ- Hammering Spot TBD Chris Arnold
Canyon Creek [WA] Twin Falls 600 cfs est. Thomas O'Keefe
Canyon Creek [WA] Thrasher 600 cfs est. Thomas O'Keefe
Canyon Creek [WA] Canyon Creek 600 cfs est. Thomas O'Keefe
Canyon Creek [WA] bridge piling gauge n/a Thomas O'Keefe
2y257d13h47m /Canyon Creek (Lewis River Trib.)-2 - Fly Creek to Merwin Reservoir [WA] Canyon Creek Access Project 0 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
3y315d09h47m /Canyon Creek (Lewis River Trib.)-2 - Fly Creek to Merwin Reservoir [WA] Account of 09/09/13 0 cfs Matt Deacon
6y110d04h13m /Canyon Creek (Lewis River Trib.)-2 - Fly Creek to Merwin Reservoir [WA] Falls n/a Lee Timmons
9y102d00h47m Canyon Creek [WA] Canyon Creek Parking n/a Thomas O'Keefe
9y256d23h47m Canyon Creek [WA] Canyon Creek Take-out trail n/a Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Canyon Creek (Lewis River Trib.) [WA] Jeff Bowman on Hammering Spot at 3440 on EF Lewis 3440 on EF Lewis 7464
> 10 years Canyon Creek [OR] Nate "Garzilla" Garr n/a Michael Long
> 10 years Canyon Creek [WA] Nate "Garrzilla" Garr n/a 0
> 10 years Canyon Creek [WA] Snow storm on canyon creek, wa Medium Jim Pytel
> 10 years Canyon Creek (Lewis River Trib.) [WA] Double Drop - Pt. 1 low bcunitz
> 10 years Canyon Creek [WA] Entrance to the canyon Even with the unit joey baranski