Flow Rates on the J

The flow rates on the Little Juniata river at Spruce creek can be accessed by clicking the link below. Here are some subjective opinions for different flows:

90 to 150 CFS = Low Flow. Wade anywhere, no floating possible unless you want to drag a lot.

150 to 250 CFS = Low to Moderate Flow. Wade with a little caution Kayaks and canoes with some dragging.

250 to 350 CFS = Moderate and very fishable flows. Wade with great caution and take a staff. Floating with only a couple of short drags.

350 to 550 CFS = Medium/high flows. Still fishable if clear enough. Wadeable in certain well chosen places only. Easy floating of light crafts. No drift boats.

550 to 750 CFS = Fishable if clear from shore or boat. No wading (unless you enjoy a good swim in ice water)! Some class 2.5 water. Any watercraft will do. Watch for strainers under limbs.

Over 750 CFS Forget it ! Throw Streamers from the rocks if you must do something.

A link to the realtime flow rate data at the USGS site upstream of Spruce Creek.


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