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Gauge Information

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 00h47m ~ 222 cfs (running)
Likely good boatable range. (We need your comments and reports about gauge correlation and boatable flows.)
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
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 175 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low II-III Likely too low. (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)
175 - 210 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II-III Likely low, possibly boatable. (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)
210 -1000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III 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 Likely high and meaty! (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)
2000 -5000 cfs somewhat High-extremely High II-III Likely unusually high flows. (Ref.gauge must be confirmed with visual inspection.)

Report - Reports of Bear Petoskey: Sheridan Street to Lake (1.15 mile) 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.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Bear River [MI] dam/waterfall medium/high Grant Goeman
2y259d05h16m /Bear-Petoskey [MI] Account of 06/10/15 183 cfs Doug Heym
3y130d08h16m /Bear-Petoskey [MI] Inspection on 10/17/2014 209 cfs Doug Heym
4y141d08h39m /Bear-Petoskey [MI] Account of 03/25/15 a good level Rich Guilbault
4y141d08h40m /Bear-Petoskey [MI] Account of 03/25/15 a good level Rich Guilbault