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During the winter, river stage may be significantly affected by backwater from ice, resulting in incorrect discharge data. Consequently, discharge data may not be displayed during periods of ice effect.



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LOCATION.--Lat 43°00'32", long 89°18'18", in SW 1/4 sec.3, T.6 N., R.10 E., Dane County, Hydrologic Unit 07090001, on left bank just upstream from bridge on U.S. Highway 51, downstream of dam at outlet of Lake Waubesa and 1.0 mi southwest of McFarland.

DRAINAGE AREA.--327 square miles, 36.6 is non-contributing.

PERIOD OF RECORD.--September 1930 to present.

REVISED RECORDS.--WSP 805, WDR WI-73-1: Drainage area.

GAGE.--Water-stage recorder. Datum of gage is 839.793 ft above mean sea level NAVD88[840.00 ft above sea level (NGVD 1929)](levels by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources). September 1930 to Dec. 22, 1934, nonrecording gage at same site at datum 0.40 ft higher. Dec. 23, 1934 to Sept. 30, 1982, recording gage at same site at datum 0.40 ft higher.

REMARKS.--Flow regulated by dams at outlets of Lake Mendota and Lake Waubesa. The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District diverted an average of 61 cubic feet per second of effluent into the Badfish Creek basin during 2002 water year. The data were provided by the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. Prior to 1958 the effluent was discharged into the Yahara River above McFarland. Gage-height telemeter at station.

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The precipitation data for this station are temporary and will only be displayed for 120 days. Rainfall instrumentation may not be calibrated, and other quality assurance measures may not be performed that would make the data acceptable for archival, retrieval, or future use in general scientific or interpretive studies.

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Available Parameters Period of Record
1930-09-10  2021-05-06
2018-05-07  2019-10-03
2018-10-14  2020-01-30
2018-10-14  2020-01-30


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