PlanningA great river adventure requires good planning. Thunderstorms are frequent and sudden in the summer months and a downpour can ruin an otherwise enjoyable outing.
Flash floods are a risk at all times of the year. While in the area, listen to local radio stations for the latest weather. In general, the National Park Service will close the river to non-motorized vessels when the river level reaches two feet above normal. Those "flood levels" are indicated at the right. For the most up-to-date information about river closures, please visit our Facebook page.
In flood conditions, the river runs faster, carries debris and is very treacherous. On land, flooding can make road crossings dangerous as well, never drive across a flooded roadway! Most flooding deaths occur in cars that are swept away.
Remember, you are responsible for your own safety. Proper planning and alertness to your surroundings should keep the weather where it belongs - as a topic of conversation, not a cause of harm.
River Level Information
Please use the following chart to estimate floating conditions based on river level averages and (River Closure)-flood stages. Follow the links for the latest river gauge levels as they currently exist.
Current and Jacks Fork USGS gage numbers for use with StreaMail:
Last updated: May 24, 2022