Gauge Description:

The closest real-time gauge is White Salmon at Underwood. Many paddlers, however, go by the staff gauge at Husum and paddle this section at a minimum of 3' (it gets harder and less fun with lower flows as more rocks become exposed and a couple drops get too bony). An estimate of this gauge based on correlation to the Underwood gauge can be found on Pat Welch's site. For reference, a flow of 3' corresponds to approximately 1150 cfs on the Underwood gauge. While these estimates are useful for planning, the decision to paddle should be based on personal inspection of the flow.

NOAA Graph

White Salmon River at Husum

USGS Graph


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14123500 1000 - 1800 cfs IV-V 00h31m 502 cfs (too low)
Inspect the foot gauge for exact flows, this section class IV(V) from 2.5'-4.5'
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1000 -1800 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-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
White Salmon [WA] Little Lava Low Water Michael Horner
Farmlands [WA] First drop n/a n/a
Farmlands [WA] Takeout drop n/a n/a
Farmlands [WA] Putin n/a n/a
> 10 years White Salmon [WA] Dr. Nick scouts Lava Falls low John Alden