The waves downstream from the Bear Creek confluence are stellar! We surfed there yesterday when the river was flowing at about 12'. The third wave in the chain is by far the best wave anywhere in the area. If the Potlatch is running 11' or more, it's worth the trip to Kendrick just for the surf session.
There's a new real-time USGS gauge online, but it's way downstream so the gage readings below are approximate.
At flows above 7'(~600 cfs), the lower Potlatch is pretty fun. At about 8' and up, the Corral Hole is in and kicking. At about 11' (~3500 cfs?) there are some pretty sweet waves just downstream from the Bear Cr. confluence.
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