River Flows

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River Flows is a free Windows 8 application that lets you see real-time river flow data for anywhere in the United States. Useful for kayakers, whitewater rafters and whenever there's a flood. You can browse rivers near you on a map. The app supports square and wide live tiles that update with the latest river data every 15 mintues.


  • Real-time River Data
  • GPS Location support to show rivers near your location
  • Select Favorite Rivers for quick viewing
  • Live Tile updates every 15 minutes with latest data of your top 4 rivers
  • View gauge charts for last 7 days
  • View gauge location on an interactive map
  • Free

Development Info

It's a C#/XAML app that uses your GPS location to show rivers near you. It will use the Bing maps sdk to show gauge locations. The live tile will update with your favorite rivers. Favorite rivers are stored in roaming settings so they will be there if you open the app on another computer.




Mamta Dalal Dec 12 '12 at 4:44
Neat app! Very interesting implementation.
Nick Dec 12 '12 at 15:39
Thanks! Hope you find it useful.
Mamta Dalal Dec 13 '12 at 6:42
Oh yes, have voted it for top 3.
Jamie Dec 7 '12 at 0:02
A truly original idea, nice to see. I think the UI could do with smoothing a little bit. For example when a state is selected the selection background would be better as a dark blue rather than the default purple.
0utsmart Dec 6 '12 at 12:06
this idea is like a breath of fresh air among the ideas that sound routine.
esskar Dec 6 '12 at 8:52
very nice and useful. thanks for that!
Ankit Dec 5 '12 at 19:56
Very Nice, useful to Adventurers.
Sandra Walters Dec 3 '12 at 23:14
Nicely done app :) I have a question... I downloaded River Flows and took a look at some of the rivers in my area. One of them is reporting a Gage height of -999999. Very odd. Is this figure also coming from the USGS??
Nick Dec 4 '12 at 0:44
Thanks for using the app. When the gauge displays -999999 it means the gauge is either frozen or not working. I will try and get some help text in the next version that explains that better.
user1606266 Dec 3 '12 at 11:30
This seems to be a great app!! Innovative
MBZ Nov 26 '12 at 17:47
Why should I care about the River Flow?!
Nick Nov 26 '12 at 18:37
It can be useful for whitewater rafters, kayakers, fishermen, flood watches etc.
MBZ Nov 26 '12 at 18:40
oh, I see. I have never been into these so I didn't know. Thank you for enlightenment :)
SchmitzIT Nov 20 '12 at 10:23
I cannot see myself using this, but it's a great idea.
b0x0rz Nov 11 '12 at 9:10
very niche :P hahaha
RThomas Oct 31 '12 at 20:41
Good to see apps that provide useful information for niche interests. That's what makes a platform appealing. Anyone can have an app that appeals to a million users who are couch potatos. A great platform also has apps for people who kayak (or play guitar, or piano).
Abhinandy Oct 28 '12 at 5:33
Great idea this is new
Rory Alsop Oct 16 '12 at 8:29
Is the framework open enough that you (or someone) could easily rework for another country? eg Europe - using European river data?
Nick Oct 16 '12 at 14:50
Yeah, is there a web service for European river data?
KevinM1 Oct 6 '12 at 20:54
Very unique idea. Could be useful for emergency responders during floods, or for any kind of construction that takes place on rivers. It'd be interesting if you could tie flood information with maps in order to calculate safe routes.
John Koerner Oct 1 '12 at 13:59
This looks like a very promising app.
Mamta Dalal Oct 1 '12 at 5:29
Innovative idea! Liked the concept and creation.
Kirsten Pasha Sep 30 '12 at 21:46
Nice! Great app.
Robert MacLean Sep 30 '12 at 19:44
This sounds interesting, download link and videos?
Nick Sep 30 '12 at 22:02
The Bing Maps SDK is still in beta so it won't pass the Windows Store certification. Once they release the final SDK I'll get it into the store and update the download link.
Software Developer Oct 3 '12 at 20:13
Now you can get on it! :) Will be good to see your app in the store. "The Bing Maps SDK for #Windows8 Store apps is now out of Beta! Go get it! spr.ly/6010T4U8 #GenApp" If I might add something, you might review your use the type ramp, I see some spots where you are using 11pt fonts as headings? msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh700394.aspx
Nick Oct 4 '12 at 15:06
Thanks, I'll get going with the updated library!
Prince Ashitaka Sep 30 '12 at 13:22
Looks good. Go River!
balpha  Sep 30 '12 at 10:54
Where does it get the flow data from?
Nick Sep 30 '12 at 16:39
The data is from the USGS
Asghar Kopak Nov 26 '12 at 18:51
is this data free to use?
Nick Nov 26 '12 at 19:47
Yep, as far as I know.