Gauge Description:

Historically there was a USGS gauge at Index (stn. 12134000, 1910-1948, 146 sq. mi.). The virtual gauge for this run provides approximate flow based on the relative area of the basin and the Skykomish at Goldbar gauge downstream. Keep in mind that several tributaries come in between this section and Index so actual flows will be even less than that indicated by this gauge. The relationship used for the virtual gauge is of course dependent on snow level. When the freezing level is low the river will be flowing a bit lower than the value given and during peak snowmelt the river may be flowing higher. The Goldbar gauge is also available through the NOAA hotline 206-526-8530.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12134500 4000 - 8000 cfs II-V 00h36m 3990 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
4000 -8000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-V 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
North Fork Skykomish [WA] Bear Creek Falls n/a Thomas O'Keefe
North Fork Skykomish [WA] Upper North Fork Sky n/a Thomas O'Keefe