This is a great link for finding out how the Truckee River is flowing as well as the water temperature at the dam in Tahoe City. To get to the Truckee River click on:
- Realtime Flow Report (in 2nd paragraph)
- THEN California Sierra East Slope
- Look for Truckee "Below Lake Tahoe"
I got there, now what do the numbers mean?
The numbers listed for the rivers are listed in CFS (Cubic Feet per Second).
- Under 100 = You're just psyched that it's warm enough to wear your bikini
- 100 - 150 = Seriously low and you're walking your raft in a few parts
- 150 - 185 = Some boat-walking, one person per raft helps, good times are being had
- 185 - 200 = Minimal boat dragging for single riders - Hello River Ranch!
- 200 - 300 = Prime floating time!
- Above 300 = High and fast water flow (faster floating and watch out for foot bridges!)
The Truckee River is the ONLY outlet for Lake Tahoe and starts in Tahoe City, flows through Reno, and ends at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. The dam in Tahoe City at "Fanny Bridge" controls the water flow (CFS) in the top section of the River. There is one federal employee - The Federal Water Master - who determines when the dam is opened and closed each year. There is no announcement as to when these events happen, so you just have to check the site for updates.