All the rain recently has pushed water levels up dramatically. River users should watch for trees and other debris floating in the river, be careful with high, fast currents, and in general exercise additional caution.
The river gage at St. Croix Falls shows levels seem to have plateaued around 17,000 cfs. That is about five to six times the flows just a couple weeks ago. That is about 7.5 million gallons per minute!
Meanwhile, the upper Namekagon appears to be coming down already. A storm last Thursday caused flooding in Hayward and other communities, and damaged parts of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in the Namekagon headwaters region. Another flood watch has been issued for tonight and tomorrow in the Namekagon region.
Please wear your life jacket and be careful!
Recent river readings
Namekagon River at Leonards Bridge, via U.S. Geological Survey and funding partners:
Danbury, via USGS:
Norway Point, via USGS:
Grantsburg, via Wild River Outfitters:
River is very high; about 4' above normal.
Paddlers start below the rapids & take a fast/fun flatwater trip.
— Highway 70 Gauge (@Hwy70Gauge) September 6, 2014
St. Croix Falls, via U.S. Geological Survey:
Stillwater, with forecast, via National Weather Service: