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Runs and Levels

Runs and Levels
Run Class Current Level Reference Gage Gage Quality & Information
Doe Gorge IV 3736 cfs
10/23/2017 20:00 EDT up
TVA: Doe Excellent.  TVA : Doe.  Color codes: minimum = 300, medium = 450 - 700, too high = 1200.
Little Pigeon, Middle Prong, Porters Creek to Highway 73 (Greenbrier) II-III 5933 cfs
10/23/2017 20:00 EDT up
TVA: Little Pigeon (Sevierville) Poor.  Route 321 bridge visual gage: min = 1.75'.  Runs when W. Prong on high side.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2500, medium = 3000 - 4000, too high = 4500.
Little Pigeon, Middle Prong, Trailhead to Porters Creek (Ramsey Cascades) IV-V- 5933 cfs
10/23/2017 20:00 EDT up
TVA: Little Pigeon (Sevierville) Poor.  Route 321 bridge visual gage: min = 2'.  Runs when W. Prong on high side.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 3000, medium = 3500 - 4000, too high = 4500.
New River Gorge (Fayette Station Virtual Gage) III-IV NA
NAfall
BoatingBeta.com: New River at Fayette Station VG Fair.  Based on an old raft company rating table.  Has been run as low as -2.3 feet but gets very tight and shallow.  Color codes: minimum = -1, medium = 0 - 4, too high = 7.
Rocky Broad, Lower IV-V- 5.82 feet
10/23/2017 21:39 EDT up
AFWS: Bat Cave SG Fair.  Gage at put-in but online readings can be flaky;  as of 12/1/2010 the online and US 64 Bridge visual gage readings are very close (we'll see how long this lasts!).  Based on your reports (Report your runs!) I periodically update the online gage color coding so that it corresponds to the following visual gage interpretations:  min = 3.6' opt = 3.9-4.1' max = 4.3'.  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Bat Cave (Rocky Broad) hydrograph and Bat Cave streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 3.6, medium = 3.9 - 4.1, too high = 4.3.
Rocky Broad, Upper IV-V- 5.82 feet
10/23/2017 21:39 EDT up
AFWS: Bat Cave SG Fair.  Gage downstream of several feeder streams at the end of the run plus the online readings can be flaky;  the only way to be certain the Upper is running is to eyeball it at the put-in.  Fortunately, if you get skunked on the Upper the Lower is almost certainly running.  As of 12/1/2010 the online and US 64 Bridge visual gage readings are very close;  since they've drifted a lot over the years, here are visual gage interpretations:  min = 4.3' opt = 4.4-4.6' max = 4.8' on the US 64 Bridge visual gage.  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Bat Cave (Rocky Broad) hydrograph and Bat Cave streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 4.3, medium = 4.4 - 4.6, too high = 4.8.
Tuckaseegee, East Fork, Granny Burrel Falls to Rock Bridge (Upper Upper EF Tuckaseegee) IV-V 5.08 feet
10/23/2017 21:25 EDT fall
AFWS: Rock Bridge SG Fair.  Thanks to Kirk Eddlemon for tracking this gage and working out the levels.  Some of the color coding is still speculative, however, and it is always good to have more data:   Report your runs!  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Rock Bridge hydrograph and Rock Bridge streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.3 - 3, too high = 4.
NA
NAhold
AFWS: Hogback RG Speculative.  Thanks to Kirk Eddlemon for tracking this gage and working out the levels.  Except for the minimum the color coding is speculative, so Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1.5, medium = 2 - 2.25, too high = 3.
NA
NAhold
AFWS: Hogback RG Speculative.  Thanks to Kirk Eddlemon for tracking this gage and working out the levels.  Except for the minimum the color coding is speculative, so Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 3 - 4, too high = 5.
NA inches
(rain, 24 hr)
10/23/2017 08:40 EDT hold
AFWS: Panthertown RG Speculative.  Thanks to Kirk Eddlemon for tracking this gage and working out the levels.  Except for the minimum the color coding is speculative, so Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 3 - 4, too high = 5.
Watauga, Red Roof IV-V- 6.24 feet
10/23/2017 21:24 EDT fall
AFWS: Watauga River/Foscoe SG Excellent.  Gage near put-in.  Difficulty rating is for section below dam.  Thank Eric Chance for this beta!  We can always use more:  Report your Red Roof runs!  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Watauga River/Foscoe hydrograph and Watauga River/Foscoe streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 4.5, medium = 5.5 - 6.5, too high = 8.
Wilson Creek, Gorge (flows) IV NA
NAup
BoatingBeta.com: Wilson Creek at Adako Bridge VG Very Good.  Based on flows measured at the Edgemont AFWS gage and 91 Adako Bridge visual observations reported between 11/19/09 and 3/13/2010.  86% of the predicted values were within +/- 1" of the actual values;  99% were within +/- 2".  Because the Edgemont gage is located on Wilson Creek, this gage should be good year round.  At high flows it takes approximately four hours for water to flow the 11.6 miles from the Edgemont gage to Adako bridge.  The virtual gage takes this lag into account:  the predicted flow at the bridge at any point in time is based on the flow at Edgemont four hours earlier.  Note:  The Edgemont gage appears to update only when the river level changes.  To be safe, check the alternate gages when the timestamp is stale.  Virtual gages require frequent re-estimation:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = -6, medium = 0 - 6, too high = 12.
3.6 feet
10/23/2017 21:39 EDT fall
AFWS: Edgemont SG Very Good.  Located on Wilson Creek above the confluence with Gragg Prong/Lost Cove Creek -- eight miles upstream of the Gorge and 11.6 miles upstream of the Adako Bridge visual gage.  At high flows it takes approximately four hours for water to flow from the Edgemont gage to the Adako bridge.  The timestamp associated with this gage does not take this lag into account:  what you see is the level at the Edgemont gage at the time reported in the timestamp.  Note:  The Edgemont gage appears to update only when the river level changes.  To be safe, check the alternate gages when the timestamp is stale. Help maintain this gage:  Report your runs!  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Edgemont (Wilson Creek) hydrograph and Edgemont streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.5 - 3, too high = 3.5.
NA
NAfall
USGS: Johns River Fair.  It is best to look at sets of gages to determine if Wilson Creek is running.  WC is a tributary to the Johns River;  the Johns River USGS gage is located 7.5 miles downstream of the WC visual gage so flows on the Johns Creek gage are serveral hours behind flows on WC.  If both the Watauga and Johns River gages indicate that WC is running it most likely is, and at a level close to that on the WC virtual gage.  If, on the other hand, the Watauga is running at a healthy level and Johns River hasn't budged the rain may have fallen on the west side of the mountains and WC is dry.  Color codes: minimum = 300, medium = 500 - 1600, too high = 2000.
NA
NAhold
USGS: Watauga Fair.  When rainfall is widespread the Watauga is an amazingly good predictor of the level on Wilson Creek.  Widespread rainfall occurs frequently in the Winter and Spring, less often in the Summer.  Look at the WC rain gauges (is the rainfall widespread?) and the Johns River gage (is it rising?).  If the answers to these questions are "no," go run the Watauga instead!  Color codes: minimum = 170, medium = 280 - 370, too high = 600.
NA
NAfall
USGS: Yadkin (Patterson) Fair.  The Yadkin is the next watershed north of Johns Creek.  If rainfall is widespread and the Upper Yadkin is over 50 cfs WC is generally running;  If, on the other hand, the Yadkin is indicating a good WC flow and Johns Creek is indicating a marginal flow there is a good chance the rain fell north of the WC watershed and WC is not running.  Color codes: minimum = 50, medium = 150 - 250, too high = 350.

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Flow Color Coding Key

Flow Color Coding Key
Color Interpretation Meaning

Note:  assigning flow codes is highly subjective -- one person's "way too high" is another's "yahoo!"  I have attempted to assign the codes relative to the typical person likely to boat the run at normal levels.  "Too high" in this context means "the typical person found on this run at the levels it is most often paddled would find this run at this level very challenging."  In general, runs are harder at higher levels.  Use your discretion regarding the suitability of the run to your skill level and experience after seeing the level in person.
  Too High Beyond the envelope for the typical person likely to boat this run.
  High Frequently run this high, but a stretch for the typical person likely to boat this run.
  Medium Very enjoyable for the typical person likely to boat this run.
  Low Frequently run this low.  Worth a look but probably not a long drive.
  Too Low Seldom run lower by anyone who isn't desperate and/or lives by the put-in.
  Don't Know What's your opinion of this level?  Email The River Gages Project.

Gage Quality Key

Gage Quality Key
Rating Meaning
Excellent Gage located on the reach near the run.  Significant number of observations.
Very good Gage located on the reach but a significant number of tributaries upstream or downsteam from the run, or gage based on rainfall or located on a proxy reach.  Significant number of observations and strong correlation.
Fair Gage located on the reach near the run but very limited number of observations; gage located on the reach but a significant number of tributaries upstream or downsteam from the run, or gage based on rainfall or located on a proxy reach.  Limited number of observations and/or modest correlation.
Poor Gage is based on rainfall or located on a proxy reach.  Significant number of observations but weak correlation.
Speculative Gage is based on rainfall or located on a proxy reach.  Very limited number of observations or very weak correlation.