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.
|Payette; South Fork near Banks|
|virtual-6518||5000 - 10500 cfs||IV+||00h44m||~ 7160 cfs (running)|
|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.|
Estimated by subtracting the NF Payette at Banks from the Main Fork at Horseshoe Bend.
Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.
|[ID]||Account of 05/19/09||n/a||n/a|
|Payette, S. Fork [ID]||Staircase Panorama, South Fork Payette||1200 cfs||Daniel Cytron|
|2y342d03h41m||@Payette, S. Fork 4 - The Staircase Run [ID]||South Fork Payette run||4900 cfs||Thomas O'Keefe|
|4y301d06h41m||@Payette, S. Fork 4 - The Staircase Run [ID]||Staircase||0 cfs||Thomas O'Keefe|
|5y251d23h18m||@Payette, S. Fork 4 - The Staircase Run [ID]||Getting Surfed In Staircase||n/a||Jake Anderson|
|5y308d14h31m||@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|