# What is a high CFS?

## What is a high CFS?

Depending on the waterway’s descent, width and arrangement of the rocks, a higher CFS can usually means you’ll get larger rapids. A river, in the Southwest especially, is considered to have high water levels when the CFS is 3,000 and above. Low water levels are around 200/300 CFS.

**What is a safe CFS for kayaking?**

If the flow indicated is above 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), only very experienced paddlers should enter the water. From 3,000 to 6,000 cfs you should have very strong paddling skills. Below3,000 cfs is generally calm, and anything below 300 to 500 cfs will be too low for paddling.

### What is CFS mean in water?

cubic feet per second

There are two basic units of water measurement from a water management perspective. For water that is in motion, cubic feet per second (cfs) is the unit of measure. For water that is stored or impounded, the acre-foot (af) is how water is measured.

**What does CFS mean in fishing?**

CFS- or ‘cubic feet per second’- is a numeric term used to describe the amount of water currently flowing on a particular river.

#### How do you measure cfs of a river?

Calculate the discharge in cubic feet per second (cfs) by multiplying velocity (ft/sec) by the cross-sectional area (ft2) of the stream.

**What cfs is white water rafting?**

800-1200 CFS

800-1200 CFS=Normal flows, usually associated with summer and fall. Plenty of Class II & III whitewater rafting and beautiful scenery. Great for first timers, groups and families, yet still fun for experienced boaters.

## How fast is 2000 cfs?

How fast is 2000 cfs? If, for instance, 2,000 cubic feet flow through a duct with a cross-sectional area of 4 square feet each minute: 2,000 / 4 = 500 feet per minute.

**How is CFS calculated?**

### How many gallons are in a cfs?

How many cubic feet are there in a gallon?

Cubic Feet | Gallons (US) | Gallons (imperial) |
---|---|---|

1 ft³ | 7.481 US gallons | 6.229 UK gallons |

2 ft³ | 14.961 US gallons | 12.458 UK gallons |

3 ft³ | 22.442 US gallons | 18.687 UK gallons |

4 ft³ | 29.922 US gallons | 24.915 UK gallons |

**What is river gage height?**

Gage height is the distance (or height) of the water surface above the streamgage datum reference point. Gage datum is a unique reference point to each gage site and is generally located underneath the streambed to accommodate for stream channel changes.

#### Is 500 cfs fast?

500 – 1200 CFS = Lower flows. Great for eager first timers and experienced rafters. Class III+ whitewater.

**What does CFS mean in Rapids?**

CFS stands for cubic feet per second which is a unit of measurement referring to the volume and speed of water flow. So basically, if a river has a high CFS that means the water is flowing faster resulting in larger rapids. With this said, CFS is very important to be aware of as different levels will give you different experiences on…

## How do you calculate CFS in a river?

How to Understand River Flows Baseball has “RBIs,” basketball has “PPGs,” and boaters have “cfs.” Cubic feet per second (cfs) is one of the key indicators of river or creek conditions. The mathematical formula is: river width x depth x speed (flow and gradient) = cfs.

**What does 100 cfs mean in water?**

CFS is “cubic feet per second,” a unit of measurement referring to the volume and speed of water flow. One cubic foot is about the size of a basketball, so if a stream is flowing at 100 CFS, imagine 100 basketballs rolling down a riverbed together.

### What does a higher CFS reading mean?

Cfs readings are taken at select points along rivers, and readings vary with location. As a general rule, the higher the cfs reading, the more water is flowing past that point at that time More is not necessarily better.