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Old 07-15-2013   #1
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Which gauge for Wildcat/Cheeseman canyon

Will someone please unlock the mysteries of the South Fork of the South Platte for me? There seems to be inconsistent information on which gauge to use for Cheeseman. There's South Platte Near Lake George:
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and South Platte River above Cheeseman Lake:

The gauge "near Lake George" appears to be below 11 mile res, and above Lake George. That one looks like a great indicator for the 11 mile run, but I'm less sure about the Wildcat canyon run, as Lake George sits in between it and the run. However, I see there are several tributaries coming in above Cheeseman Lake. But right now there's 110 cfs more in the lower gauge - maybe there's a rain effect going on right now? I'm guessing this lower gauge is not used (i.e. in the WWSR) for the run because you have inflows between the run itself and the gauge?

Anyway, what's the most accurate gauge for the run and how accurate is it?

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I think the south platte near lake george is the right gauge to use. The other gauge is more downstream above cheeseman lake and has other tributaires that come in before it.

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Old 07-15-2013   #3
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CRCII, which was written back when folks occasionally ran Wildcat Canyon, says to use Lake George.

Lake George just spills, so flow in = flow out, and it's pretty close to the canyon. Tarryall Creek comes in below the canyon and probably accounts for most of the difference.
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