USGS Top Setting Wading Rods

The USGS top setting wading rods are used with instruments that measure water flow rates and discharge in shallow rivers and streams for easy data collection.


  • Available in imperial & metric units
  • Handle is constructed of anodized aluminum
  • Works with many popular flow meters
Starting At $1,005.00

Wading rods are used with instruments that measure water flow rates and discharge in shallow rivers and streams. In fact, many popular flow meters require a wading rod to operate properly. Some of these include the SonTek FlowTracker, Marsh McBirney Flo-Mate, OTT MF pro, Type AA, and pygmy current meters.

Multiple Styles Available
Two versions of the wading rod are available - one with imperial units for measuring depth and another with metric units. The imperial rod is marked in feet and tenths of feet. It may be ordered in 4' or 6' long models. The metric rod is marked in centimeters and has a length of 1.2m or 1.5m.

Depth Indicators
Water depth can be determined simply by looking at the graduated markings on the wading rod. The anodized aluminum handle incorporates a scale to indicate the correct position of the flow meter at the 0.2, 0.6, and 0.8 depth settings. Probe depth can be adjusted using implemented controls.

  • (1) Top setting wading rod
  • (1) Threaded base plate with lock washer
Questions & Answers
I have a top setting rod already, but I have lost the threaded base plate. Do you offer replacement base plates?
We do offer replacement base plates for top setting wading rods. Here is a link to the part:
I was wondering if this rod is compatible with a Marsh McBirney Flo-Mate?
Yes, the USGS top-setting wading rods are compatible with the Marsh McBirney Flo-Mate Portable Flow Meter.
Is this wading rod compatible with the Hach FH950 portable flow meter?
Yes, the USGS top-setting wading rods are compatible with the Hach FH950 Portable Flow Meter.
Does this wading rod require any accessories to be compatible with a Sontek Flow Tracker 2?
While this rod is compatible with many flow meters, meter specific accessories will need to be purchased from the manufacturer directly,   
What is the lifespan of the standard top-setting USGS style wading rods?
The USGS style wading rods are composed of stainless steel, anodized aluminum and brass and are designed to last for years, under normal use and storage. 
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