Visual - 8cm below to 3cm above the small ledge on the upstream side true right bridge footing. For an indication call the Otago Regional Council flow phone, 03 479 6493. If Deep Stream is flowing around 30 cumecs, Lee Stream should be about right.
Lee Stream was first paddled in the early 1990's by Dunedin locals Keith Riley et al, and then went untouched for several years before being rediscovered in 2006 by Craig Adams et al.
From the put-in the river looks fairly innocuous, but soon picks up. The first portage is just a few hundred metres downstream; portage on the left around a tree-choked rapid. The gradient increases through 'Head High Tackle', a sump which is unpaddleable at lower flows. Scout on the left, and if necessary portage high on the left. The gradient maintains its steepness throughout, climaxing in Pencil Sharpener and Pencil Dick Falls, a tricky lead in to a 4m waterfall.
The last rapid is Slide Into Depravity. At low flows the first slide can be run, but avoid it at higher flows as the rest of the rapid is in the Make My Day class. Portage around the Depravity on the right. From there it's a short paddle to the Taieri confluence and down to Outram Glen.
To get to the take-out, drive North through Mosgiel on Gordon Rd. Continue towards Outram for about 9km to the bridge over the Taieri River. Immediately after the bridge turn right onto a gravel road at Outram Glen. Turn left onto a smaller gravel road and drive for about 10km to the trestle bridge over Lee Stream. Put in here.
To get to the take out, drive back to the carpark at Outram Glen.