River Level Details
The Mulberry River gauge at the Turner Bend landing measures the river level in 2/10s increments. The river difficulty as it relates to that gauge is described as follows:
Below 1.6 – Very low. Lots of dragging. Kayaks only.
1.7 – 1.9 – Low but floatable for canoes and kayaks. Some dragging unavoidable. OK for beginners. Keep your trip short.
2.0 – 2.1 – No dragging unless your canoe is heavily loaded or you pick the wrong path. Mild whitewater. Lots of maneuvering to dodge the rocks. Too low for rafts.
2.2 – 2.4 – Enough water for a short raft trip. Enough water to float the upper river. Enjoyable floating unless you are seeking big whitewater.
2.5 – 2.9 – The pools are not flowing fast, but many rapids are at their best in this range. Not a casual picnic float level.
3.0 -3.6 – Prime whitewater with a powerful current. Most rocks are covered. Big waves that can swamp canoes. Great rafting level. Intermediate skills necessary.
3.7 – 4.0 – Big fast water with almost no pools. All the rocks are covered at this level and many rapids are washed out. The river begins to spread into the trees lining the banks. Advanced boaters only.
4.1 – 4.4 – You must know the river and know what you are doing. Kayak and raft rentals only if we are assured that you are skilled.
4.5 and up. – Too much water. Too high to get under the Low Water Bridge. No shuttles. The river exceeds it’s banks and flows through the trees. Wait for a better day.
* Floods can alter the river channel and cause minor changes in the gauge readings compared to past experience.