The Piscataquis gage in Dover-Foxcroft is now below 2.5 feet which seems to be about as low as that river gets. Several days of showers are expected this week, which could help bring the level up a bit for next Saturday's race. Has anyone run the river at this level? Can it be run at this level?
Race director Brian Woodworth emailed me to say that they received a "major rainfall" yesterday and added,"The river is up some today. Another major rain predicted today so the river could be decent on Saturday. Suggest you bring a canoe capable of some rocks though." The river gage at Dover-Foxcroft shows the level has gone up more than a foot and is now (as of Thursday evening) close to 4 feet after being under 2.5 feet in recent days. I'll be watching the river gage right up until Saturday morning, I guess.
Whoever was doing the rain dance, good job! The river is still lower than the median on the stream gauge, but it's rising sharply. However, even if we're normal for late May that's a lot less than normal for April. Race day last year was ~12000cfs.
Ben, you're one point behind Ray in the series. No pressure!
Post by Dan Baunert on May 29, 2015 15:25:52 GMT -5
Don't know what gage your are looking at but the USGS gage at Dover that I currently looked at shows 1,240 CFS just above 4.0 ft. depth. Mean flow for May 29 is 488 cfs so current flow is still significantly above mean flow. The river is currently above mean flow for the first time since the end of April so we were lucky getting the timely rains the past few days. Water level is dropping fast but should still be around the 4 ft. range which is a foot or so higher than it normally would be at this time. Should be good water for the race.