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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Northwest River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Big Lost River at Howell Ranch are issued routinely year-round.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Mackay Dam
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 0
Moderate Flood Stage: 0
Flood Stage: 4
Action Stage: 3.51
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 6.02 ft on 05/25/1967
(2) 6.00 ft on 06/26/1954
(3) 5.94 ft on 06/12/1921
(4) 5.73 ft on 06/12/1965
(5) 5.68 ft on 05/21/2006
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 5.21 ft on 06/13/2022
(2) 2.82 ft on 06/05/2021
(3) 3.52 ft on 05/31/2020
(4) 4.40 ft on 06/07/2019
(5) 4.15 ft on 05/26/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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4.05 Widespread lowland flooding from Howell Ranch downriver to the top of Mackay Reservoir. Fish Hatchery Road near Donahue Ranch may have water flowing over it. Canals and headgates may have problems.
3.51 Near bankfull from Howell Ranch downriver to the top of Mackay Reservoir. Some lowland flooding of fields possible.

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Historical Peak Flows     (Scroll to Streamflow Statistics for more years)
USGS Historical Peak Flows Explanation
Graphical View of Historical Peak Flows and Gage Analysis 

25   Year Peak Flood 4130 CFS or 5.19 ft
50   Year Peak Flood 4560 CFS or 5.43 ft
100 Year Peak Flood 4960 CFS or 5.64 ft
200 Year Peak Flood 5360 CFS or 5.84 ft
500 Year Peak Flood 5850 CFS
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