Gauge Description:

Old beta: Gauge is Visual. Look for flows of 600-1000 cfs although it has been run higher and lower. There is a DOE gauge on this river but keep in mind that this is above a couple of major tributaries.

A 2019 Opinion: Use the Stabler gauge, here: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/eap/flows/station.asp?wria=29 and if you want to run the falls, look for flows on the gauge that are 100-150 cfs.  This is low water and usually occurs in June-July and also in fall at the beginning of rainy season.  Launching at these flows the rapids will be very technical for kayaks and impassable for rafts.  This flow allows you to run Beyond Limits (just a IV when low) all four of the big drops at the end and at least from 130 down the hotsprings will be purrrrfect.  The two main tribs that come in below Stabler are Trout and Panther Creeks.  Trout is mostly rainfed and dries up in the summer, whereas Panther is more springfed and runs into the summer.  You pass the Panther confluence on your way down this run.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Wind R. @ Stabler
wadoe-29C100 80 - 2000 cfs IV-V(V+) 12h16m 94 cfs (running)
gauge class Falls runnable; rest is boney

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
80 - 200 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Falls runnable; rest is boney
201 - 499 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Runability of falls uncertain
500 -2000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Falls too high to run; rest of the run is fun

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
> 10 years @Wind 4. High Bridge to Columbia River (Lower) [WA] Shipherd Falls good flow for falls John Alden
> 10 years Wind [WA] Lower Wind Good Chris Arnold
> 10 years Wind [WA] Shipherd Falls Good n/a