You are probably intimately familiar with finding the information for your favorite runs. However, if you've got your outfit loaded up and have decided to hit the road for some new and different horizons, getting the right river flows will eliminate any potential surprises. The phone numbers below should help you out. Some of these phone numbers will give you exactly what you are looking for, and others will steer you in the right direction. A friendly call to the local boating club, outfitter, or river equipment store nearest to the place of your intended fun is always a good idea. Not only will you get a good water level reading, the local boaters can tell you what that reading means ... "Oh, sure it's been run at that level ... but not very often ..."



USGS Realtime National Water Info

West:
Arizona (Salt River) (602) 236-8888, (Grand Canyon) (800) 752-8525
California Department of Water Resources (916) 653-9647
Colorado "Water Talk" (303) 831-7135
Idaho Department of Water Resources (208) 327-7865
National Weather Service (NWS) (208) 334-9867
New Mexico BLM (505) 758-8148 USGS (505) 262-5388
Montana USGS (406) 449-5263, Montana Power (800) 247-9131, Montana NWS (406) 697-6988
Texas Water Resources USGS (512) 482-5766
Utah NWS (801) 539-1311
Wyoming Flow Phone (307) 733-5452, NWS (307) 635-9901
Washington NOAA Whitewater Hotline (206) 526-8530


Midwest:
Michigan Water Resources USGS (517) 377-1608
Minnesota Water Resources USGS (612) 725-7841
Wisconsin Water Resources USGS (608) 262-2488


Northeast:
Connecticut Water Resources USGS (203) 244-2528
Massachusetts and Vermont Water Resources USGS (617) 223-2822
Maine Water Resources USGS (207) 622-8208
New Hampshire Water Resources USGS (603) 225-4681
New York Water Resources USGS (518) 472-3107


Southeast:
Alabama Water Resources USGS (205) 752-8104
Arkansas Water Resources USGS (501) 378-6391
Kentucky Water Resources USGS (502) 582-5241
Maryland Water Resources USGS (301) 828-1535
North Carolina Water Resources USGS (919) 755-4510
Pennsylvania Water Resources USGS (717) 782-4514
South Carolina Water Resources USGS (803) 765-5966
Tennessee Water Resources USGS (615) 251-5424
Virginia Water Resources USGS (804) 771-2427
West Virginia Water Resources USGS (304) 347-5130


Many runs in the East are dam-controlled releases by the Army Corps of Engineers. You can access the local number for them by calling the National Public Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 272-0010.