Gauge Description:

Runnable from extremely low flows to high flood stage. Flow changes can be very dynamic due to hydropower operations.

For current conditions and planned operations go to SCE&G's Lower Saluda River - Current Operations website. The hydro plant can run from 1 turbine to 5 turbines. One turbine is about 800 cfs. Five turbines can go up to 20.000 cfs. The hole washes out around 5000 cfs. When it does there are other holes and waves opening up in Millrade Rapid (just upstream).

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02168504 700 - 20000 cfs II-IV 00h25m 7640 cfs (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
700 -20000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-IV gauge is important or has warning

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Saluda [SC] "Throwin' ends" in the Pop-Up Hole ~4800cfs Jeff Wilson
> 10 years Columbia [SC] 12,500 cfs. Gervais St wave & Mills Race Munch Madness 12500 cfs
> 10 years saluda [SC] pop-up hole throwing ends at low water. 500 Marty Peterson
> 10 years Lower Saluda [SC] Another Loop 4300cfs Jeff Wilson