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 (the river is optimal around 10,000 cfs on 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
Skykomish N. Fork at Index
virtual-6260 2250 - 4500 cfs IV 01h15m 2460 cfs (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
2250 -4500 cfs barely runnable-high runnable 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
Skykomish, North Fork [WA] SkyFest Tao 3400 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
Skykomish, North Fork [WA] Minefield n/a Thomas O'Keefe
7y207d09h42m @Skykomish, N. Fork 2. Bear Creek (Drumbeater) to South Fork confluence [WA] North Fork Skykomish n/a Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Skykomish, North Fork [WA] Rooster Tail 3,300 cfs (approx) Eric Mickelson
> 10 years Skykomish, North Fork [WA] Tao, SkyFest Rodeo 2002 3400 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Skykomish, North Fork [WA] SkyFest Shipley C2 3400 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Skykomish, North Fork [WA] Skyfest Slalom 700 cfs (est) Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years North Fork Skykomish [WA] Rooster Tail 2330 cfs (est) Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Skykomish, North Fork [WA] El Nino 2330 cfs (est) Thomas O'Keefe