Gauge Description:

Visual only. Just below Lake Street Bridge, at the center of the river, there are two large boulders that are usually visible. Just river right is a triangular rock. If the triangular rock is covered with water, there is enough water to run the river. If the rock is not covered, the river is too boney to bother.

Cited gauge is Jordan River at East Jordan, which is about 18 miles West and South. It has a watershed of 68 sq.mi. at it's gauge (while Bear is about 73 sq.mi.). Current minimum is based upon the 10% flow. As always, correlations are not assured.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
JORDAN RIVER NEAR EAST JORDAN, MI
usgs-04127800 175 - 1000 cfs II-III 01h37m ~ 174 cfs (too low)
gauge class Likely too low. (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)
Reference gauge (Jordan River, 18 mi. Southwest) has 68 sq.mi. drainage. Bear is about 73 sq.mi. so should be fairly similar flow. Correlations are not assured
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 175 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low II-III gauge is important or has warning Likely too low. (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)
175 - 210 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II-III gauge is important or has warning Likely low, possibly boatable. (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)
210 -1000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III gauge is important or has warning Likely good boatable range. (We need your comments and reports about gauge correlation and boatable flows.)
1000 -2000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II-III gauge is important or has warning Likely high and meaty! (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)
2000 -5000 cfs somewhat High-extremely High II-III gauge is important or has warning Likely unusually high flows. (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)

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
Bear River [MI] dam/waterfall medium/high Grant Goeman
4y68d22h05m /Bear-Petoskey [MI] Account of 06/10/15 183 cfs Doug Heym
4y305d01h05m /Bear-Petoskey [MI] Inspection on 10/17/2014 209 cfs Doug Heym
5y316d01h28m /Bear-Petoskey [MI] Account of 03/25/15 a good level Rich Guilbault
5y316d01h29m /Bear-Petoskey [MI] Account of 03/25/15 a good level Rich Guilbault