Gauge Description:

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.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Soleduck nr. Fairholm
virtual-6272 750 - 4000 cfs IV 00h23m 312.51 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
750 -4000 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
Soleduck [WA] Soleduck OC-2 2.6' Thomas O'Keefe
Soleduck [WA] Salmon Cascade, low water n/a Thomas O'Keefe
1y97d15h35m /Soleduck-1. Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge [WA] Real-time gauge lower river 19.00 ft Larry Little
1y237d16h05m /Soleduck-1. Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge [WA] Sol Duc Trip 2400 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
2y48d21h24m /Soleduck-1. Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge [WA] Account of 06/01/17 n/a Bob M
2y48d21h25m /Soleduck-1. Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge [WA] Ledge Drop n/a Bob M
2y263d17h35m /Soleduck-1. Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge [WA] Sol Duc River Trip 1500 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
7y322d22h24m /Soleduck-1. Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge [WA] Account of 09/02/11 n/a J.R. Surbaugh
9y235d18h35m @Soleduck 1. Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge [WA] Soleduck River trip 3.35 ft Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Soleduck [WA] Salmon Cascade 2.4' Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Soleduck [WA] Salmon Cascade 2.4' Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Soleduck [WA] Surf Wave, Rausch 4.5' Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years /Soleduck-1. Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge [WA] Sol Duc Gage 0 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Soleduck [WA] Soleduck 3.3' Thomas O'Keefe