There is an old USGS gauging station (stn. 12041500, 1917-1980) with an intact staff gauge just below the confluence of the South Fork, North Fork, and mainstem. From the access points for this run it's a bit out of the way (it's on river right which you need to access through Olympic National Park). To reach it, go to Highway 101 mile 219.2 and follow Soleduck Hot Springs Road south to mile 4.9. 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 feet. You can bounce down around 3.0' but something around 4.0' would be better. For those trying to assess the run from a remote location check the Hoh River gauge (look for it to be up around 4000).
Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.
|7y304d12h57m||@Sol Duc, S. Fork FR 2920 Bridge to FR 2918 Bridge [WA]||South Fork Sol Duc||0 cfs||Thomas O'Keefe|
|> 10 years||@Sol Duc, S. Fork FR 2920 Bridge to FR 2918 Bridge [WA]||Gorge Entrance||2.8'||Thomas O'Keefe|