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 5000 - 10500 cfs IV 00h19m ~ 726 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.

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