The United States government maintains two stream gauges on the Saco river. The first is at Conway, New Hampshire (43°59′27″N 71°05′29″W / 43.99083°N 71.09139°W / 43.99083; -71.09139) where the river's watershed is 385 square miles (997 km2). Discharge (stream flow) here averages 962 cubic feet per second (27.2 m3/s) and has ranged from a minimum of 40 cubic feet per second (1.1 m3/s) to a maximum of 47,200 cubic feet per second (1,340 m3/s). The second is at Cornish, Maine (43°48′29″N 70°46′53″W / 43.80806°N 70.78139°W / 43.80806; -70.78139) where the watershed is 1,293 square miles (3,350 km2). Flow here averages 2,756 cubic feet per second (78.0 m3/s) and has ranged from a minimum of 244 cubic feet per second (6.9 m3/s) to a maximum of 46,600 cubic feet per second (1,320 m3/s).
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