Gauge Description:

While there is no gauge on the Staircase section, flows can be estimated. The method used for the virtual gage linked to this page, is to subtract flows of the North Fork Payette near Banks gage, from the flows on the Main Payette near Horseshoe Bend gage. There are several small side streams between Banks and Horseshoe Bend, so this method tends to overestimate flows slightly when those side streams are flowing high.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Payette; South Fork near Banks
virtual-6518 410 - 10500 cfs IV 00h34m 1590 cfs (running)
Estimated by subtracting the NF Payette at Banks from the Main Fork at Horseshoe Bend.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
410 -1000 cfs barely runnable-perfect runnable IV gauge is important or has warning
1001 -5000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable IV gauge is important or has warning
5000 -10500 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV+ gauge is important or has warning Above 10500, the entrances to Staircase rapid and Slalom rapid may wash out a bit, but they are still pushy big water rapids. Watch for logs.

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
[ID] Account of 05/19/09 n/a n/a
Payette, S. Fork [ID] Staircase Panorama, South Fork Payette 1200 cfs Daniel Cytron
3y94d15h30m @Payette, S. Fork 4 - The Staircase Run [ID] South Fork Payette run 4900 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
5y53d18h30m @Payette, S. Fork 4 - The Staircase Run [ID] Staircase 0 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
6y4d11h07m @Payette, S. Fork 4 - The Staircase Run [ID] Getting Surfed In Staircase n/a Jake Anderson
6y61d02h20m @Payette, S. Fork 4 - The Staircase Run Account of 06/29/13 n/a Bill Hunt
> 10 years Payette [id] Payette SouthFork Staircase Run about 1,400 Gary Wilson
> 10 years Payette, S. Fork [ID] Stuck in Hole 1150 Jerod Ready
> 10 years Payette [ID] Entrance to Staircase n/a Gary Wilson
> 10 years S. Fk. Payette [ID] Mystery! low Tim Link