You can get a pretty good look at most of this river from the road, but for those who like to be quantitative there is an old USGS gaging station (stn. 12041500, 1917-1980) at mile 4.9 on Soleduck Hot Springs Road. Look for a six-car pullout on the west shoulder of the road and a small brown trail sign marking a hiking route on the east side of the road. Follow the more hidden trail to the gauge on the west side of the road, directly opposite the hiking trail, down to the concrete gauging tower on river right. The staff gauge plate is on the downstream side of the tower and the base of the ladder is at 3.4' which corresponds to 1050 cfs. Anything above 3.0 feet or 800 cfs is good. 5' or about 2400 cfs is a great level and things start to get juicy about 6' or about 3400 cfs. For those trying to assess the run from a remote location, the virtual gauge provides approximate flow by weighting the Hoh River gauge (look for it to be up above 4000) to the basin area of the Soleduck at the old gauging station. Based on the historical data, the relationship is good (approx. 80% of the time), but not perfect.
|Soleduck nr. Fairholm|
|virtual-6272||750 - 4000 cfs||IV||00h22m||716.1 cfs (too low)|
Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.