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Big Chico Creek Flow Gauge
link to DWR Gauge webpage


The flow gauge is at Bidwell Park Golf Course

The gauge is out of the water when the flow is below 161.5 CFS

CFS is cubic feet per second

Generally we don't consider fording if flow is over 200 CFS


These can be helpful:

  • Trekking poles or a wading staff

  • Watershoes in an ultralight dry sack


Cold water is more dangerous than warm water.  Generally we don't consider fording if the air temperature is below 60F

The creek bed at the fords may be rearranged by large storms

Ford at your own risk, be safe