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Runs and Levels

Runs and Levels
Run Class Current Level Reference Gage Gage Quality & Information
Big Laurel Creek III-IV- 201 cfs
(Ivy)
12/10/2018 01:30 EST hold
USGS: Ivy Fair.  Confirm boatability using PI visual gage before putting on: min = -1' opt = .5-2.5' max = 3.5'.  Alt: Look for .75" of rain in 24 hours on the Little Laurel Creek gage.  Insufficient information:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 150, medium = 300 - 600, too high = 1000.
220 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST rise
BoatingBeta.com: Big Laurel at US 25/70 Bridge VG Speculative.  Confirm boatability using PI visual gage before putting on: min = -1' opt = .5-2.5' max = 3.5'.  This gage is a guestimate based on the difference between the French Broad at Marshall and the French Broad at Hot Springs.  It is set to read 50 cfs when the flow at Marshall is greater than the flow at Hot Springs.  This happens in the period after the flow from heavy rain in the French Broad headwaters has reached Marshall but not Hot Springs.  Under these conditions this VG is meaningless.  Color codes: minimum = 250, medium = 350 - 550, too high = 800.
0 (rain, 24 hr)
12/10/2018 01:50 EST none
AFWS: Little Laurel Creek RG No Data.  Located on a tributary to the Big Laurel.  Use this rain gauge to determine when and how much rain has fallen in the Big Laurel watershed.  Here's a link to the Little Laurel Creek rainfall archive.
Big South Fork of the Cumberland, Burnt Mill Bridge to Leatherwood Ford III-III+ 9480 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST fall
USGS: SF Cumberland Excellent.  Gage at TO.  Color codes: minimum = 400, medium = 2400 - 4800, too high = 10000.
Caney Fork (Rock Island) (IV) Park and Play 18849 cfs 
12/09/2018 00:00 CST rise
BoatingBeta.com: Rock Island VG
TVA: Great Falls Dam
Excellent.  Hole under water when Center Hill Lake is over 650 feet.  Call 1-800-238-2264, 4, 36 for Great Falls Dam release. Click Great Falls Dam for predicted releases (need 2 or more units).  Color codes: minimum = 2000, medium = 2400 - 3200, too high = 7500.
631.89 feet
12/09/2018 00:00 CST hold
TVA: Center Hill Lake Excellent.  Call 1-800-238-2264, 1, 37 for Center Hill Lake level.  Color codes: minimum = 0, medium = 1 - 649.9, too high = 650.
Chattooga, Section 3 III (IV+) 2.58 feet
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Chattooga Excellent.  Gage short distance downstream from take-out.  Color codes: minimum = 1.5, medium = 1.9 - 2.4, too high = 3.
Chattooga, Section 3 III (IV+) 2.58 feet
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Chattooga River at 76 Bridge VG Excellent.  Converts USGS stage readings to stage readings on the Route 76 bridge paddler's gage a short distance downstream from the take-out.  At 1.2 feet on the USGS gage the 76 Bridge Gage reads 0.9 feet; the discrepancy gets smaller as levels rise, with no discrepancy at levels above 2.2 feet.  Color codes: minimum = 1.3, medium = 1.8 - 2.4, too high = 3.
Chattooga, Section 4 IV-IV+ 2.58 feet
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Chattooga Excellent.  Gage short distance downstream from put-in.  Color codes: minimum = 1.4, medium = 1.8 - 2.05, too high = 2.2.
Chattooga, Section 4 IV-IV+ 2.58 feet
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Chattooga River at 76 Bridge VG Excellent.  Converts USGS stage readings to stage readings on the Route 76 bridge paddler's gage a short distance downstream from the put-in.  At 1.2 feet on the USGS gage the 76 Bridge Gage reads 0.9 feet; the discrepancy gets smaller as levels rise, with no discrepancy at levels above 2.2 feet.  Color codes: minimum = 1.2, medium = 1.7 - 2, too high = 2.2.
Chauga Gorge IV 2.58 feet
(Chattooga)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Chattooga Speculative.  Cassidy Bridge PI visual gage: min = -3" opt = +3"-1' max = 2'.  Poor correlation with online gage.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2.2, medium = 2.6 - 3.4, too high = 4.
Cheoah III-IV+ 2000 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Cheoah Excellent.  Gage located at start of bottom third of run.  Bottom third can be enjoyably run at lower levels -- perhaps as low as 450 cfs depending on one's capacity for boat abuse.  Annual calendar of scheduled Cheoah releases.  Color codes: minimum = 800, medium = 1000 - 1500, too high = 2000.
Citico Creek III-IV 3.79 feet
(Tellico)
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tellico Poor.  Visual: min = +3" over bridge at PI, opt = 6"-1', max = +1.5'.   Tellico rising; heavy rainfall in region (esp. Chestnut Flats).  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 3.5, medium = 4 - 5, too high = 6.
Clear Creek, Lilly to Nemo III (III+) 8.15 feet
12/10/2018 01:45 EST fall
USGS: Clear Creek at Lilly Bridge Excellent.  Gage at put-in.  Alternate put-in 2.5 miles upstream at Jett.  Color codes: minimum = 5.53, medium = 6.35 - 7.57, too high = 8.54.
1810 cfs
12/10/2018 01:45 EST fall
USGS: Clear Creek at Lilly Bridge Excellent.  Gage at put-in.  Alternate put-in 2.5 miles upstream at Jett.  Color codes: minimum = 200, medium = 450 - 1100, too high = 2000.
Crab Orchard Creek III-IV 9630 cfs
(Emory)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Emory Poor   PI visual gage: min = 6" flow over ford.  Run well upstream of gage.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 7000, medium = 10000 - 12000, too high = 15000.
Crooked Fork Creek IV 9630 cfs
(Emory)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Emory Fair.  PI gage: min = 3.4' med = 4.2' high = 4.6'.  Run well upstream of gage.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 3500, medium = 4000 - 5000, too high = 5500.
Daddy's Creek, Antioch Bridge to Devil's Breakfast Table (or Obed Junction) III-IV 3.61 feet
(estimated)
12/10/2018 00:00 CST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Daddy's Creek at Antioch Bridge Traditional VG Fair.  Boatingbeta Traditional VG:  This virtual gage predicts the stage measured on the put-in visual gage by subtracting 1.7 from USGS Daddy's Creek near Hebbertsburg, TN stage reading (the math has been done for you).  Confirm the actual stage on the paddler's visual gage on the Antioch bridge at the put-in.  Color codes (and visual gage interpretation):  minimum = 1.4, medium = 2 - 3, too high = 3.5.  Important access information:  As of September 2018, the Catoosa WMA (and the Devil's Breakfast Table acess point) is closed to all users every year from February 1st through the last Friday in March.  The rest of the year it is open during daylight hours, though a spokesman for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency notes "it would be wise to avoid scheduling large paddling events on big game hunt days, particularly the opening days and weekends."  In addtition, when possible it will be open to paddling for one day during the closed period to accomodate the Daddy's Creek Go Fast Day race.  Color codes: minimum = 1.4, medium = 2 - 3, too high = 3.5.
3.28 feet
(estimated)
12/10/2018 00:00 CST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Daddy's Creek at Antioch Bridge Statistical VG Fair.  Boatingbeta Statistical VG:  This virtual gage predicts the stage measured on the put-in visual gage statistically using readings from paddler's visual observations of the put-in visual gage and the USGS Daddy' s Creek near Hebbertsburg, TN stage reading.  Confirm the actual stage on the paddler's visual gage on the bridge at the put-in.  Note the access information in the cell immediately above.  Color codes: minimum = 1.4, medium = 2 - 3, too high = 3.5.
French Broad, Alexander Wave (II) Park and Play 3060 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST rise
USGS: FB (Asheville) Very Good.  Gage several miles upstream.  Above 3,000 cfs the wave gets bigger and bigger but it becomes difficult to impossible to get back to the staging eddy.  Insufficient observations:   Report your sessions!  Color codes: minimum = 1800, medium = 2100 - 2700, too high = 3000.
French Broad, Barnard to Hot Springs (Section 9) III (IV-) 3590 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST hold
USGS: FB (Marshall) Excellent.   Color codes: minimum = 700, medium = 1900 - 4000, too high = 10000.
French Broad, Bent Creek to Hominy Creek (Biltmore) I-II 3060 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST rise
USGS: FB (Asheville) Excellent.   Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1200, too high = 1600.
French Broad, Ledges (II) Park and Play 3060 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST hold
USGS: FB (Asheville) Very Good.  Gage several miles upstream.  Insufficient observations:   Report your sessions!  Color codes: minimum = 1000, medium = 2500 - 4000, too high = 5000.
French Broad, Marshall to Barnard (Section 8) I-II 3060 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST rise
USGS: FB (Asheville) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1200, too high = 1600.
French Broad, Rosman to Bent Creek (multiple sections) I 1510 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST fall
USGS: FB (Blantyre) Very Good.   Color codes: minimum = 250, medium = 350 - 600, too high = 1100.
French Broad, Barnard to Hot Springs (Section 9) III (IV-) 3590 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST hold
USGS: FB (Marshall) Very Good.  Major tributary enters river below PI (Big Laurel).  Color codes: minimum = 1200, medium = 1900 - 4000, too high = 10000.
French Broad, Woodfin to Alexander (Section 6) II 3060 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST rise
USGS: FB (Asheville) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1200, too high = 1600.
Gauley, Lower III-IV+ 2160 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST hold
USGS: Gauley Above Belva Very Good.  This gage measures the flow approximately four miles downstream of the take-out at Swiss.  Scheduled releases occur in September and early October; unscheduled releases occur year round.  Water takes approximately 4.5 hours to reach put-in.  Annual calendar of scheduled Gauley releases.  Color codes: minimum = 1000, medium = 1500 - 3500, too high = 5000.
Gauley, Upper IV-V-- 1235 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:45 EST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Gauley River Below Summersville Dam VG Very Good.  Based on the rating table the USGS used as of 10/01/03 and stage readings from USGS gage at the put in.  Alt:  Army Corps of Engineers Summersville Lake OutflowScheduled releases occur in September and early October; unscheduled releases occur year round.  Water takes no time to reach put-in.  Annual calendar of scheduled Gauley releases.  Color codes: minimum = 600, medium = 1100 - 3500, too high = 5000.
Green, Upper II-III- (2@III+) 100 %
12/10/2018 01:40 EST hold
BoatingBeta.com: Green River Below Tuxedo Hydro Plant VG
Green River Flows Page
Duke Energy: Lake Levels
Funky.  See note on issues with schedules above.  Level cell format:  current flow and time taking into account 15 minute delay between release and arrival of water at put-in;  day's release message as recorded by Duke Energy;  current lake level;  date and time message accessed.  Archive of past release schedules on the Green River Flows Page.  Color codes: minimum = 90, medium = 110 - 300, too high = 400.
Ivy, Forks of Ivy to Eller Cove Road I-II (II+) 201 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST hold
USGS: Ivy Poor.  Run well upstream of gage.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 200, medium = 250 - 350, too high = 400.
Linville Gorge (Linville Falls to Lake James) IV-V+ 1.85 feet
12/10/2018 01:45 EST rise
USGS: Linville Good.  Gage at TO; record of PI flow six hours earlier.  Readings on this gage and boatable flows appear to have reverted back to their pre-floods of 2004 relationship.  The color coding was been updated 2008-11-15 to reflect this but more input is always appreciated:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1.7, medium = 2 - 2.4, too high = 2.7.
Little (AL), Powell Trail to Mouth II 3250 cfs
12/10/2018 00:00 CST fall
USGS: Little (near Blue Pond) Excellent.  Gage is located at the take-out.  An alternate gage is located about 13 miles upstream of the put-in (on one of the 3 forks of the little river) and can be used an early indicator to see if and how quickly the water level is rising or falling:  USGS: WF Little at DeSoto Park.  Color codes: minimum = 400, medium = 800 - 3000, too high = 4000.
Little (AL), Rt 35 to Upper Two (Suicide) IV-V 3250 cfs
12/10/2018 00:00 CST fall
USGS: Little (near Blue Pond) Very Good.  Gage is located 11 miles dowstream of the put-in, so if the river is on the rise, the Suicide section can become runnable before it is reflected on the online gauge.  The opposite can occur when the level is dropping unusually fast, such as after a summer thunderstom.  An alternate gage is located about 6 miles upstream of the put-in (on one of the 3 forks of the little river) and can be used an early indicator to see if and how quickly the water level is rising or falling:  USGS: WF Little at DeSoto Park.  Color codes: minimum = 250, medium = 600 - 1500, too high = 3500.
Little (AL), Upper Two to Powell Trail III-IV(IV+) 3250 cfs
12/10/2018 00:00 CST fall
USGS: Little (near Blue Pond) Excellent.  Gage is located 8 miles downstream of the take-out.  An alternate gage is located about 9 miles upstream of the put-in (on one of the 3 forks of the little river) and can be used an early indicator to see if and how quickly the water level is rising or falling:  USGS: WF Little at DeSoto Park.  Color codes: minimum = 200, medium = 400 - 1500, too high = 3500.
Little (TN), Elkmont to Metcalf Bottoms II-III 3.18 feet
12/10/2018 01:39 EST hold
AFWS: Little River (Townsend) SG Good.The online gage is eleven miles downstream of the put-in and 0.25 miles downstream of a major tributary -- check the visual gage on the river left side of the bridge inside the Elkmont Campground for confirmation before putting on.  The minimum to put on at the parking area downstream of the intersection of Little River Road and Elkmont Road is 0" (water just to the top of the footer);  the minimum to put on at the campground 4".  These levels will be boney --   1'-2' is optimum, over 2.5' is too high.  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Little River (Townsend) hydrograph and Little River (Townsend) streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 3, medium = 4 - 6, too high = 7.
773 cfs (estimated)
12/10/2018 01:39 EST hold
BoatingBeta.com: Little River Above Townsend VG Good.  Based on USGS data on the relationship between stages and flows January 2001-August 2003.  The flow color coding differs slightly from the stage color coding to make the critical flow points more memorable.  The online gage is eleven miles downstream of the put-in and 0.25 miles downstream of a major tributary so the actual flow will be significantly less that the flow reported here.  Color codes: minimum = 660, medium = 1400 - 3600, too high = 5100.
Little (TN), Metcalf Bottoms to the Elbow (Sinks) IV-IV+ 3.18 feet
12/10/2018 01:39 EST hold
AFWS: Little River (Townsend) SG Excellent.This gage is 0.25 miles downstream of a major tributary, but the main stem and tributary flows are highly correlated and the tributary generally contributes only 15-20% of the total flow.  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Little River (Townsend) hydrograph and Little River (Townsend) streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 2.4, medium = 2.9 - 3.5, too high = 5.
773 cfs (estimated)
12/10/2018 01:39 EST hold
BoatingBeta.com: Little River Above Townsend VG Very good.  Based on USGS data on the relationship between stages and flows January 2001-August 2003.  The flow color coding differs slightly from the stage color coding to make the critical flow points more memorable.  The gage is 0.25 miles downstream of a major tributary and downstream of the run itself, so the actual flow will generally be about 20-25% less that the flow reported here.  Color codes: minimum = 350, medium = 600 - 1000, too high = 2400.
Little (TN), Middle Prong (Tremont) IV 3.18 feet
(tributary)
12/10/2018 01:39 EST hold
AFWS: Little River (Townsend) SG Fair.This gage is 0.25 miles downstream of the Middle Prong's confluence with the little.  The main stem and it's tributary's flows are highly correlated, but the Middle Prong generally contributes only 15-20% of the total flow and thus has a smaller influence on the gage than the main stem.  The Middle Prong is almost certainly runnable if the Little is over 4 feet, but may or may not be if it is lower.  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Little River (Townsend) hydrograph and Little River (Townsend) streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 3, medium = 3.6 - 4.3, too high = 6.
773 cfs (estimated)
12/10/2018 01:39 EST hold
BoatingBeta.com: Little River Above Townsend VG Fair.  Based on USGS data on the relationship between stages and flows January 2001-August 2003.  The flow color coding differs slightly from the stage color coding to make the critical flow points more memorable.  The gage is 0.25 miles downstream of the confluence of the Middle Prong and the main stem, with the Middle Prong generally contributing about 15-20% of the total flow.  The actual flow is thus about 15-20% of the flow reported here.  Color codes: minimum = 660, medium = 1100 - 1700, too high = 3600.
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BoatingBeta.com: Middle Prong at Tremont Institute VG Nonexistant.  Wouldn't this be a great gage to have?  The stick gage upon which it could be based is located on the downstream side of the bridge over the creek at the Tremont Institute (about 1 mile above the "Y").  Make this virtual gage a reality: Report your runs!  Visual stick gage readings according to Kirk Eddlemon's 12/2008 guestimates:  minimum = 0.8, medium = 1 - 1.25, too high = 1.5.
Little Clear Creek, Highway 62 to Lilly IV-V- 8.15 feet
(Clear Creek)
12/10/2018 01:45 EST fall
USGS: Clear Creek at Lilly Bridge Good.  Gage on Clear Creek near confluence with Little Clear Creek.  Color codes: minimum = 7.7, medium = 8.06 - 8.78, too high = 9.55.
1810 cfs
(proxy)
12/10/2018 01:45 EST fall
USGS: Clear Creek at Lilly Bridge Good.  USGS gage on Clear Creek near confluence with Little Clear Creek.  Color codes: minimum = 1200, medium = 1500 - 2300, too high = 3500.
Little Tennessee I-II 3130 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Little Tennessee (Needmore) Excellent.  Gage near TO.  Color codes: minimum = 230, medium = 500 - 1500, too high = 2500.
Little Tennessee II+ 3130 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Little Tennessee (Needmore) Excellent.  Gage near PI.  Color codes: minimum = 350, medium = 500 - 2000, too high = 2500.
Nantahala, Cascades IV-V- 430 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:30 EST hold
BoatingBeta.com: Nantahala Cascades VG Good  This gage is calculated by subtracting 600 cfs from the USGS: Nantahala at Hewett gage (near Ferebee Park, a couple miles downstream of the Cascades).   Let's dial it in -- let me know everytime the Cascades run and your subjective evaluation of the level:   Report your runs!.  Important note:  This virtual gauge only works when most of the water in the Nantahala Gorge has come through the powerhouse!   If the power house is isn't releasing most of the water in the Gorge has come through the Cascades.   Review the Duke Power's Nantahala Lake Messages to determine if the power house is house is shut down at an unscheduled time.  In addition, Duke Power posts updates about the scheduled Cascade releases at their Nantahala Lake Message Page, including when those scheduled releases are cancelled.  Finally, an annual calendar of scheduled releases is available at Duke Power's Nantahala Release Bypass Flow Schedule (select Nantahala Area on the dropdown menu; the link will be on the right side of the page you are taken to).   Color codes: minimum = 200, medium = 250 - 350, too high = 600.
Nantahala, Gorge (Beechertown to Wesser) II+ (III) 1030 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST hold
USGS: Nantahala at Hewett Excellent.  The water takes approximately 3 hours to reach Lesser Wesser Falls and the NOC.  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1000, too high = 1600.
Nantahala PH:
12/10: Release from 12m to 12m.
12/11: Release from 5am to 12m.
12/12: Release from 12m to 12m. 
12/10/2018 01:50 EST none
Duke Energy: Nantahala RS Funky.  This is the most recent schedule as posted by Duke Energy.  Sometimes the Duke Power Employee who enters/updates these schedules does so incorrectly (entering 12am instead of 12pm, or entering the same values twice.  This leads to weird schedules that won't display right on this page and will require judgment on your part.  In addition, these schedules can (and do!) change from day to day and over the course of the day (as the old recording used to say, "Operational schedules are determined daily"), so don't take them as gospel.  That said, an annual calendar of scheduled releases is available at Duke Power's Nantahala Recreation Calendar (select Nantahala Area on the dropdown menu; the link will be on the right side of the page you are taken to).
New River Gorge III-IV 7550 cfs
12/10/2018 01:45 EST hold
USGS: New (Thurmond) Excellent.  Gage moderate distance upstream of PI.  Alt:  Army Corps of Engineers New at Thurmond  Has been run at least as low as 1000 cfs but gets very tight and shallow.  Color codes: minimum = 1700, medium = 2440 - 7500, too high = 14000.
New River Gorge III-IV 4.02 feet
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:45 EST hold
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.
Nolichucky, Big Rock (II+) Park and Play 1830 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST fall
USGS: Nolichucky Excellent  The gage is located within minutes of the hole.  Color codes: minimum = 400, medium = 550 - 650, too high = 900.
Nolichucky, Cowbell (II) Mystery moves 1830 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST fall
USGS: Nolichucky Poor.  The Embreeville reading is an historical record of the flow at Cowbell eight hours earlier.  Cowbell washed away in floods of 2004 but is coming back.%nbsp; Help dial it back in:  Report your sinks!  Color codes: minimum = 1000, medium = 1600 - 2800, too high = 4000.
Nolichucky, Gorge III-IV 1830 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST hold
USGS: Nolichucky Fair.  The water takes about twelve hours to get from the put-in to the Embreeville gage.  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 1500 - 2000, too high = 6000.
Nolichucky, Secret Spot (II+) Park and Play 2645 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST hold
TVA: Below Nolichucky Dam Excellent.  Gage below dam, near park 'n play spot.  Recently added to set of gages TVA reports.  Color codes: minimum = 1200, medium = 2200 - 3300, too high = 4500.
Obed, Devil's Breakfast Table to Nemo II-III (IV+) 9630 cfs
(Emory)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Emory Fair.  Run well upstream of gage.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1500, medium = 2500 - 3500, too high = 5000.
Obed, US 127 to Adams Bridge (Gould Bend) III+ 9630 cfs
(Emory)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Emory Excellent.  Run well upstream of gage.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2500, medium = 3500 - 7500, too high = 8500.
Ocoee, Callahan's Ledges (III) Park and Play 1817 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Ocoee River Below Ocoee #3 Dam VG
TVA: Ocoee #3
Excellent.  Scheduled releases occur late-April - late-September; unscheduled releases sometimes occur after heavy rains.  The virtual gage displays both scheduled and unscheduled releases.  Call the TVA at 865-632-6065 for information on unscheduled spills, etc.  Annual calendar of scheduled Upper Ocoee releases.  Color codes: minimum = 1300, medium = 1500 - 1700, too high = 2200.
Ocoee, Flipper (II) Park and Play 3085 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Ocoee River Below Ocoee #2 Dam VG
TVA: Ocoee #2
Excellent.  Scheduled releases occur mid-March - first weekend in November; unscheduled releases sometimes occur after heavy rains.  The virtual gage displays both scheduled and unscheduled releases.  Call the TVA at 865-632-6065 for information on flume breaks, unscheduled spills, etc.  Annual calendar of scheduled Middle Ocoee releases.  Color codes: minimum = 450, medium = 1200 - 2200, too high = 3000.
Ocoee, Hellhole (III) Park and Play 3085 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Ocoee River Below Ocoee #2 Dam VG
TVA: Ocoee #2
Excellent.  Scheduled releases occur mid-March - first weekend in November; unscheduled releases sometimes occur after heavy rains.  The virtual gage displays both scheduled and unscheduled releases.  Call the TVA at 865-632-6065 for information on flume breaks, unscheduled spills, etc.  Annual calendar of scheduled Middle Ocoee releases.  Color codes: minimum = 1000, medium = 1500 - 2200, too high = 2400.
Ocoee, Middle (Ocoee #2 Dam to below Ocoee #2 Powerhouse) III+ 3085 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST hold
BoatingBeta.com: Ocoee River Below Ocoee #2 Dam VG
TVA: Ocoee #2
Excellent.  Scheduled releases occur mid-March - first weekend in November; unscheduled releases sometimes occur after heavy rains.  The virtual gage displays both scheduled and unscheduled releases.  Call the TVA at 865-632-6065 for information on flume breaks, unscheduled spills, etc.  Annual calendar of scheduled Middle Ocoee releases.  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 1000 - 2400, too high = 3600.
Ocoee, Smiley's (III) Park and Play 1817 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Ocoee River Below Ocoee #3 Dam VG
TVA: Ocoee #3
Excellent.  Scheduled releases occur late-April - late-September; unscheduled releases sometimes occur after heavy rains.  The virtual gage displays both scheduled and unscheduled releases.  Call the TVA at 865-632-6065 for information on unscheduled spills, etc.  Annual calendar of scheduled Upper Ocoee releases.  Color codes: minimum = 1100, medium = 1200 - 1600, too high = 1900.
Ocoee, Upper III+ 1817 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST hold
BoatingBeta.com: Ocoee River Below Ocoee #3 Dam VG
TVA: Ocoee #3
Excellent.  Scheduled releases occur late-April - late-September; unscheduled releases sometimes occur after heavy rains.  The virtual gage displays both scheduled and unscheduled releases.  Call the TVA at 865-632-6065 for information on unscheduled spills, etc.  Annual calendar of scheduled Upper Ocoee releases.  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 1000 - 2400, too high = 3200.
Ocoee, Whirly Bird (Staging Eddy) (II+) Park and Play 3085 cfs
(estimated)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
BoatingBeta.com: Ocoee River Below Ocoee #2 Dam VG
TVA: Ocoee #2
Excellent.  Scheduled releases occur mid-March - first weekend in November; unscheduled releases sometimes occur after heavy rains.  The virtual gage displays both scheduled and unscheduled releases.  Call the TVA at 865-632-6065 for information on flume breaks, unscheduled spills, etc.  Annual calendar of scheduled Middle Ocoee releases.  Color codes: minimum = 2000, medium = 2400 - 3600, too high = 3800.
Oconaluftee II-III 883 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Oconaluftee Poor.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 360, medium = 500 - 800, too high = 1500.
Pigeon (Big), Gorge (Big Creek to Hartford) III-III+ 1490 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST hold
USGS: Pigeon (Waterville) Excellent.  Gage half mile downstream from put-in.  Annual calendar of scheduled Pigeon Gorge releases.  Color codes: minimum = 300, medium = 1200 - 2200, too high = 8000.
Walters HyS:
12/10: Release from 12n to 12m.
12/11: Release from 5am to 9pm.
12/12: Release from 5am to 12m. 
12/10/2018 01:50 EST none
Duke Energy: Walters Hydro Station RS Funky.  This is the most recent schedule as posted by Duke Energy.  Sometimes the Duke Power Employee who enters/updates these schedules does so incorrectly (entering 12am instead of 12pm, or entering the same values twice.  This leads to weird schedules that won't display right on this page and will require judgment on your part.  In addition, these schedules can (and do!) change from day to day and over the course of the day (as the old recording used to say, "Operational schedules are determined daily"), so don't take them as gospel.  That said, an annual calendar of scheduled releases is available at Duke Power's Walters Recreation Flow Calendar (select Pigeon River on the dropdown menu; the link will be on the right side of the page you are taken to).
Powell (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap) III-IV 1930 cfs
12/10/2018 01:45 EST rise
USGS: Powell (Jonesville) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 950, medium = 800 - 1200, too high = 1500.
Raven Fork, Straight Fork to Job Corps Center Bridge II-III 883 cfs
(Oconaluftee)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Oconaluftee Very Good.  Gage located several miles downstream of usual takeout.  Currently closed to paddling!  Color codes: minimum = 650, medium = 1000 - 1500, too high = 2000.
Raven Fork, The Gorges V-V+ (VI) 883 cfs
(Oconaluftee)
12/10/2018 01:00 EST fall
USGS: Oconaluftee Fair.  AFWS: Trout Farm SG
min = 1.6'.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 750, medium = 900 - 1200, too high = 1500.
Rocky Broad, Lower IV-V- 3.76 feet
12/09/2018 21:54 EST rise
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.
Russell Fork of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy, Gorge IV-V 493 cfs
(estimated)
12/09/2018 08:00 EST hold
USGS: Russell Fork + USGS: Pound Excellent.  The gages that are combined to create this virtual gage are located approximately five (Pound) and seven (Russell Fork) miles upstream of the Garden Hole put-in.  Alt: Army Corps of Engineers Russell Fork at Bartlick.  This gage combines the Russell Fork and Pound River flows.  It is located approximately three miles upstream of the Garden Hole put-in.  Scheduled releases occur in October; unscheduled releases occur year round.  Water takes approximately 2.5 hours to reach put-in.  Annual calendar of scheduled Russell Fork releases.  Color codes: minimum = 150, medium = 400 - 800, too high = 1500.
Russell Fork of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy, Upper II-III (IV-) 493 cfs
(estimated)
12/09/2018 08:00 EST hold
USGS: Russell Fork + USGS: Pound Excellent.  The gages that are combined to create this virtual gage are located approximately two (Pound) and four (Russell Fork) miles upstream of the Bartlick Bridge put-in.  Alt: Army Corps of Engineers Russell Fork at Bartlick.  This gage combines the Russell Fork and Pound River flows.  It is located at the Bartlick Bridge put-in.  Scheduled releases occur in October; unscheduled releases occur year round.  Water takes approximately one hour to reach put-in.  Annual calendar of scheduled Russell Fork releases.  Color codes: minimum = 400, medium = 800 - 1200, too high = 3000.
Saluda (Mosh Pit / Pop Up Hole) (II) Park and Play 13000 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST rise
USGS: Saluda near Columbia Excellent.  Gage located a short distance upstream of the hole.  Alt #1: Call 1-800-830-5253 for the daily release forecast.  If SCE&G is releasing the hole will be playable;  two turbines are good and all five can be ideal.  Alt #2: the USGS gages the Saluda below Lake Murray Dam;  this flow reaches the Mosh Pit a little over two hours later.  Note: the color coding is for the Mosh Pit, but this hole is part of a series of rapids with plenty of opportunities for paddling and play at levels as high as 20,000 cfs!  Color codes: minimum = 1000, medium = 3300 - 4500, too high = 5000.
Swannanoa I-II 294 cfs
12/10/2018 01:00 EST rise
USGS: Swannanoa Speculative.  Color coding inspired guesswork.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 100, medium = 150 - 300, too high = 400.
Tellico, Middle (Bridge below Jerrods Knee to Oosterneck parking area) III+ 3.79 feet
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tellico Very Good.  Gage downstream of run.  The Middle Tellico can be run lower than 1.4 feet, but if it is running that low there is almost certainly something less boney to run closer to Asheville.  Color codes: minimum = 1.4, medium = 1.7 - 3.7, too high = 6.4.
1270 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tellico Very Good.  Note that as a general rule it is better to rely on USGS flow readings than stage readings as flow readings are adjusted for streambed changes.  Gage downstream of run.  The Middle Tellico can be run lower than 200 cfs, but if it is running that low there is almost certainly something less boney to run closer to Asheville.  Color codes: minimum = 200, medium = 300 - 1200, too high = 3200.
Tellico, Upper (First bridge above Bald River Falls to bridge below Jerrods Knee) IV 3.79 feet
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tellico Very Good.  Gage downstream of run.  The Upper Tellico can be run quite low, but it gets increasingly boney below 1.5 feet.  Color codes: minimum = 1.5, medium = 2 - 3.3, too high = 4.4.
1270 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tellico Very Good.  Note that as a general rule it is better to rely on USGS flow readings than stage readings as flow readings are adjusted for streambed changes.  Gage downstream of run.  The Upper Tellico can be run quite low, but it gets increasingly boney below 230 cfs.  Color codes: minimum = 230, medium = 400 - 1000, too high = 1600.
Toe River Gorge, Toecane to Red Hill Bridge II-III 1830 cfs
(Nolichucky)
12/10/2018 01:30 EST hold
USGS: Nolichucky Fair.  Red Hill bridge visual gage: min = 0, opt = 1-2'.  Generally runs when the Nolichucky runs; Noli gage 40 miles downstream.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 800, medium = 1500 - 2000, too high = 6000.
Toe River, South Fork, Patience Mullindore Park to NC 80 Bridge II (III) 176 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST hold
USGS: South Toe Fair.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 150, medium = 300 - 800, too high = 1800.
Tuckaseegee, Devil's Dip (II) Park and Play 2470 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tuckasegee (Bryson City) Excellent.  Duke Energy provides 3 day generation schedules every morning.  Water arrives about 13 hours after release.  A release on either Fork provides water to Devil's Dip.  Alt: Call 866-332-5253 (toll free) or 828-369-4559 for release information.  When the water is too low Devil's Dip is sticky and shallow, with the potential to break paddles in the player's right side of the hole.  From 700-2000 cfs it is a sticky hole, from 2,500-2,800 (the optimum) an excellent wave/hole, from 2,800-3,000 it is tricky to get to, and over 3,000 it is gone.   Color codes: minimum = 700, medium = 2000 - 2800, too high = 3000.
Tuckaseegee, Dillsboro to Barker's Creek II 1010 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tuckasegee (Barker's Creek) Excellent.  Gage a quarter mile or so above the take-out.  An annual calendar of scheduled releases is available at Duke Power's Tuckasegee Recreation Flow Calendar (select Nantahala Area on the dropdown menu; the link will be on the right side of the page you are taken to).  The calendar is color coded: Releases on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee are colored purple, come from the Cedar Cliff PH, and are generally 500 cfs; releases on the West Fork of the Tuckasegee are colored red, come from the Thorpe PH, and are generally 250 cfs.  You will note that from late May to early September, the higher East Fork releases are frequently Wed, Thu and Sat, while the lower West Fork releases are frequently Tu, Fri, and Sun.  Color codes: minimum = 250, medium = 500 - 750, too high = 1500.
Tuckaseegee, East Fork, Granny Burrel Falls to Rock Bridge (Upper Upper EF Tuckaseegee) IV-V 4.27 feet
12/10/2018 01:40 EST hold
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.
0 inches
(rain,12 hrs)
11/27/2018 10:40 EST hold
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.
0 inches
(rain, 24 hrs)
11/27/2018 10:40 EST hold
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.
Tuckaseegee, Ela to Bryson City II 2470 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tuckasegee Excellent.  Gage at TO.  Alt: Call 866-332-5253 (toll free) or 828-369-4559 for release information.  Color codes: minimum = 750, medium = 1250 - 3000, too high = 6000.
Tuckaseegee, Whittier to Ela II (II+) 2470 cfs
12/10/2018 01:15 EST fall
USGS: Tuckasegee Fair.  Gage well downstream of PI.  Alt: Call 866-332-5253 (toll free) or 828-369-4559 for release information.  Color codes: minimum = 750, medium = 1250 - 3000, too high = 6000.
Watauga Gorge IV-V- 234 cfs
12/10/2018 01:30 EST hold
USGS: Watauga Very Good.  Gage 2 miles upstream of PI.  Color codes: minimum = 160, medium = 250 - 500, too high = 1200.

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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.