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Old 02-12-2008   #1
 
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Gila Flows?

Since it's come up several times in a few threads lately, I'd like to ask a couple questions about the flows on the Gila.

EddyFlower shows 3 different gages for the Gila, one at Gila, Redrock, and Virden. Since I don't really have a good grip on the geography of the area, I wasn't sure of the significance of each respective gage. Which gage applies to which section?

I've heard the minimum flows for a kayak are 200 but 300 is recommended. Rafts should look for a minimum of 300 but 400 is recommended. Is this accurate?

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The gages have slightly different behaviors, too.








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Gila geography

Sorry, I accidently hit the tab button and submitted several times

Here are the USGS sites for each section:

Wilderness Section = Gila River near Gila, NM Gauge site
(This site is very close to the confluence with Mogollon Creek)
(This site is close to end of the Wilderness section)

Middle Box = Gila River near Redrock, NM Gauge site
(This site is directly below the Middle Box)

Lower Box = Gila near Redrock Gauge, NM Gauge site
(This site is above the Lower box)

Hope this helps,
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Gauge malfunction

Count,

Sometimes the Gila River near Gila, NM gauge has a some malfunctions. I would just use the crest of the wave intervals and disregard the dips (this pattern would match the other gauges, just with less volume). My parents live next to river and said there are no changes in flow like the graph indicates. They guessed it was flowing between 200 and 500 cfs a few days ago. There are no dams to disrupt flows either.

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