posted on Jun, 30 2019 @ 06:05 PM
originally posted by: Trueman
In my previous thread, I mentioned a place where I couldn't metal detect/treasure hunt because the level of waters in the river went up. I'd like to
know if possible how to predict the level of the water in order to schedule next hunt in that spot.
I know you can check sea tides but rivers? Does it have to do with seasons or weather? Come on guys, give Trueman a hand. Plain English or maybe a
Thanks folks !
The two most important factors that would allow you to accurately predict water level in a river are:
1. Is the river managed (i.e, with dams and gates)? If the the answer is yes, then all you have to do is find the water release schedule (on the
internet) of whichever agency is controlling the dam and they will tell you what the water level will be. Out here in the West, most rivers are
controlled, and white water kayakers and rafters get ahold of the water release schedule so they can plan trips accurately.
2. Where is the river? What is its catch basin like? If a river is not dammed, its flow condition will be controlled by snowmelt and/or
precipitation upstream. In the American Southwest, (Utah, for example) you can see really dramatic, sudden, and dangerous rises in water level in
slot canyons whenever you get sudden rainstorms in the highlands in the catch basin upstream of the canyons. Usually it's in the summer monsoon
season. The same thing happens in the Southeast, but the rivers tend to be flatter and drain larger areas, so it can take hours or days for the
rain/melt surge to make it downstream. Check the current and forecast weather conditions upstream from where you plan to be.
One way or another, you have to arm yourself with a little information before you get to the river.