Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

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Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

Post by head2north » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:29 am

The labeled "catastrophic" Rain event last evening lured me to check out the river levels in Northern Wisconsin. Some 1000% levels in
my playground. Looks like Isle Royale was partially hit with Washington Creek levels in Windigo being high.

Hope the shelters are still there.

http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/new/index.ph ... real&w=map
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Re: Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

Post by jrwiesz » Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:22 am

From when you checked and when I looked, the creek is on the rise, slightly.

Notice that the pull-down for WC doesn't show a level for "Flood stage", whereas, most of the other pull-downs have that statistic.
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Re: Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

Post by Midwest Ed » Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:49 am

jrwiesz wrote:From when you checked and when I looked, the creek is on the rise, slightly.

Notice that the pull-down for WC doesn't show a level for "Flood stage", whereas, most of the other pull-downs have that statistic.
I would think it's impossible for a wilderness area to even have a flood stage defined. But of course I think Windigo is not included in the wilderness areas. I suspect there has never been an officially recorded flood at Windigo so even in the non-wilderness area new territory is being charted (so to speak). Then again, I doubt the Windigo area even extends into the Washigton creek wilderness "floodplain".

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Re: Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

Post by johnhens » Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:23 pm

Most of the shelters at Washington Creek are a good 4' above the noraml creek level. If the amount of water indicated (ie 97%) is a measure of the normal level, wouldn't that mean the water is twice as deep as "normal"?
It would be cool to see the level.

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Re: Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

Post by jrwiesz » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:52 pm

Last time I looked, it has dropped off from 3.80 ft. to 3.79 ft.

I doubt that the area where the shelters are would have much noticeable difference; I would believe the measurement station is back where the creek/trail cross, just after coming off the Minong/Huginnin
Cove trails junction.
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Re: Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

Post by treeplanter » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:14 pm

johnhens wrote:Most of the shelters at Washington Creek are a good 4' above the noraml creek level. If the amount of water indicated (ie 97%) is a measure of the normal level, wouldn't that mean the water is twice as deep as "normal"?
It would be cool to see the level.
I’m not sure the number of the shelter, but the one nearest Washington Harbor (number one?) is no more than a foot above Washington Creek. We stayed there back in 2014.


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Re: Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

Post by johnhens » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:06 pm

treeplanter wrote:
johnhens wrote:Most of the shelters at Washington Creek are a good 4' above the noraml creek level. If the amount of water indicated (ie 97%) is a measure of the normal level, wouldn't that mean the water is twice as deep as "normal"?
It would be cool to see the level.
I’m not sure the number of the shelter, but the one nearest Washington Harbor (number one?) is no more than a foot above Washington Creek. We stayed there back in 2014.
I wonder if they had problems with that shelter.


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Re: Washington Creek Rain Event Levels

Post by jerry » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:05 pm

There were no issues at Moskey B, Daisy F or 3mile. I just got back from there. I sat out (woke up during the storm) in shelter 2 at Moskey B. The storm (T.S) started at about 9 and went until about 4 a.m. It was a hard rain with lots of wind.

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