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Runs and Levels

Runs and Levels
Run Class Current Level Reference Gage Gage Quality & Information
Beaverdam Creek (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek) II-III 181 cfs
(SF Holston)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
USGS: SF Holston (Damascus) Fair.  Gage well downstream of PI.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1500, medium = 2000 - 3000, too high = 5000.
Big Cedar Creek (Route 727 to Clinch River) II-III 652 cfs
(Clinch)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
USGS: Clinch (Cleveland) Fair.  Gage well downstream of PI.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1400, medium = 2000 - 3000, too high = 6000.
Big Creek, Lower (Downstream of NPS Campground) IV 1.07 feet
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Big Creek at Playground Bridge VG Very Good.  Playground bridge visual gage (no visual, washed out Spring 2003): min = 1.5' opt = 2.0-3.5' max = 4.5'.  Based on Oconaluftee and Cataloochee Creek flows.  Overpredicts when water is less than 1.1'; predicts best in normal boatable range.  Color codes: minimum = 1.5, medium = 2 - 3.5, too high = 4.5.
292 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
TVA: Little Pigeon (Sevierville) Speculative.  Very dependable rule of thumb: running if TVA: Little Pigeon (Sevierville) is 1500 - 4000 cfs.  The color coding is speculation, however:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1500, medium = 2500 - 3000, too high = 4000.
223 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Oconaluftee Speculative.  Dependable rule of thumb: running if USGS: Oconaluftee is 860 - 3000 cfs.  The color coding is speculation, however:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 860, medium = 1500 - 2500, too high = 3000.
50 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Cataloochee Speculative.  Dependable rule of thumb: running if USGS: Cataloochee is 250 - 500 cfs.  The color coding is speculation, however:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 250, medium = 375 - 575, too high = 650.
Big Creek, Upper (Upstream of NPS Campground) V 1.07 feet
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Big Creek at Playground Bridge VG Very Good.  Playground bridge visual gage (no visual, washed out Spring 2003): min = 1.5' opt = 1.7-2.4' max = 3'.  Based on Oconaluftee and Cataloochee Creek flows.  Overpredicts when water is less than 1.1'; predicts best in normal boatable range.  Color codes: minimum = 1.5, medium = 1.7 - 2.4, too high = 3.
292 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
TVA: Little Pigeon (Sevierville) Speculative.  Very dependable rule of thumb: running if TVA: Little Pigeon (Sevierville) is 1500 - 3000 cfs.  The color coding is speculation, however:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1500, medium = 2000 - 2500, too high = 3000.
223 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Oconaluftee Speculative.  Dependable rule of thumb: running if USGS: Oconaluftee is 860 - 2400 cfs.  The color coding is speculation, however:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 860, medium = 1200 - 2000, too high = 2400.
50 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Cataloochee Speculative.  Dependable rule of thumb: running if USGS: Cataloochee is 250 - 500 cfs.  The color coding is speculation, however:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 250, medium = 300 - 450, too high = 500.
Big Laurel Creek III-IV- 74 cfs
(Ivy)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT 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.
Big South Fork of the Cumberland, Burnt Mill Bridge to Leatherwood Ford III-III+ 322 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: SF Cumberland Excellent.  Gage at TO.  Color codes: minimum = 400, medium = 2400 - 4800, too high = 10000.
Brush Creek IV-V 74 cfs
(Ivy)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Ivy Poor.  Insufficient information:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 1000 - 2500, too high = 3000.
Caney Fork (Rock Island) (IV) Park and Play 1496 cfs 
09/14/2014 20:00 CDT hold
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.
633.29 feet
09/14/2014 18:00 CDT 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.
Cataloochee Creek II-III (IV) 50 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Cataloochee Fair.  Gage mid-run.   Insufficient information:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 200, medium = 300 - 500, too high = 700.
Catawba, North Fork, Sevier to Lake James (Lower) II+ 115 cfs
(Watauga)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Watauga Speculative.  Railroad trestle PI visual gage: min = 0.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 700, medium = 900 - 1200, too high = 1500.
Chattooga, Section 3 III (IV+) 1.65 feet
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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 (76 Bridge Virtual Gage) III (IV+) 1.49 feet
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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+ 1.65 feet
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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 (76 Bridge Virtual Gage) IV-IV+ 1.49 feet
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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.
Chattooga, Upper II-V(V+) 1.05 feet
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
USGS: Chattooga at Burrells Ford Bridge Excellent.  This is the gage used by the USFS to determine if the Upper Chattooga is open for boating.  Flow coding is both speculative, however, and subject to the proviso that boating is currently legal only between December 1 and March 1 at levels of 450 cfs or more.  Please help refine the flow coding:  Report your runs! Note: the farce continues:  due to an appeal by Georgia Forest Watch, the boating ban continues indefinitely.  It is still illegal to run the Chattooga above Highway 28.  Color codes: minimum = 1.3, medium = 1.5 - 2, too high = 2.2.
107 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
USGS: Chattooga at Burrells Ford Bridge Excellent.  This is the gage used by the USFS to determine if the Upper Chattooga is open for boating.  Flow coding is both speculative, however, and subject to the proviso that boating is currently legal only between December 1 and March 1 at levels of 450 cfs or more.  Please help refine the flow coding:  Report your runs! Note: the farce continues:  due to an appeal by Georgia Forest Watch, the boating ban continues indefinitely.  It is still illegal to run the Chattooga above Highway 28.  Color codes: minimum = 150, medium = 220 - 475, too high = 600.
Chauga Gorge IV 1.65 feet
(Chattooga)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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+ 115 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
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 1.14 feet
(Tellico)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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+) 4.27 feet
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
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.
21 cfs
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
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.
Clinch Gorge (Puckett Hole to Nash Ford) II-III 652 cfs
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
USGS: Clinch (Cleveland) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1500, medium = 2000 - 3500, too high = 5000.
Crab Orchard Creek III-IV 116 cfs
(Emory)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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 116 cfs
(Emory)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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.
Cullasaja, Lower V (V+) NA
NAhold
NOAA: Cullasaja Good.  Note that NOAA reports values in UTC; boatingbeta converts these values to the time zone local to the gage.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 4, medium = 4.1 - 4.4, too high = 4.8.
Cullasaja, Middle IV-IV+(V) NA
NAhold
NOAA: Cullasaja Fair.  New gage.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 3.7, medium = 4.2 - 4.5, too high = 5.5.
Daddy's Creek (Antioch Bridge Virtual Gage) III-IV -3.36 feet
(estimated)
09/14/2014 20:15 CDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Daddy's Creek at Antioch Bridge VG Fair.  New gage.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs! Less accurate but easily calculated alternative: subtract 1.7 from USGS stage reading (source: BT).  Color codes: minimum = 1.4, medium = 2 - 3, too high = 3.5.
Daddy's Creek, Antioch Bridge to Devil's Breakfast Table (or Obed Junction) III-IV 9.8 cfs
09/14/2014 20:15 CDT hold
USGS: Daddy's Creek Fair.  PI visual gage: min = 1.4' opt = 2-3' max = 3.5.  New online gage.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!   DBT closed Feb-Mar, Th-Tu in Apr.  Color codes: minimum = 422, medium = 678 - 1494, too high = 2216.
Davidson River III+(IV) 0.87 feet
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Davidson River Good.  Gage located eight or nine miles downstream from take out; reading includes Looking Glass Creek.  I've lost my notes on the levels for this gage -- please help me set the color coding (what you see is a guess!):   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.5 - 3.5, too high = 4.5.
Doe Gorge IV 131 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
TVA: Doe Excellent.  TVA : Doe.  Color codes: minimum = 300, medium = 450 - 700, too high = 1200.
Elk River, Twisting Falls IV-V (VI) 115 cfs
(Watauga)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Watauga Speculative.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 450, medium = 600 - 900, too high = 1200.
French Broad, Alexander Wave (II) Park and Play 1070 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
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-) 1410 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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 1070 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
USGS: FB (Asheville) Excellent.   Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1200, too high = 1600.
French Broad, Ledges (II) Park and Play 1070 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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 1070 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
USGS: FB (Asheville) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1200, too high = 1600.
French Broad, North Fork IV-IV+ 104 cfs
(FB@Rosman)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
USGS: FB (Rosman) Fair. 64 bridge visual gage: min = 0', opt = 6"-1', max = 3'. Run well upstream of gage.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 350, medium = 500 - 1700, too high = 2500.
French Broad, Rosman to Bent Creek (multiple sections) I 463 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
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-) 1410 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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, West Fork IV-IV+ 104 cfs
(FB@Rosman)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
USGS: FB (Rosman) Fair.  Run well upstream of gage.   Often runnable a couple hours longer than the NF.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 450, medium = 500 - 1700, too high = 2500.
French Broad, Woodfin to Alexander (Section 6) II 1070 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
USGS: FB (Asheville) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1200, too high = 1600.
Gauley, Lower (Gauley Below Meadow Confluence Virtual Gage) III-IV+ 2220.7 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 18:30 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Gauley River Below Meadow River Confluence VG Very Good.  Gages well upstream of PI but below significant tributaries.  Calculated by adding the BoatingBeta.com: Gauley River Below Summersville Dam VG and the Army Corps of Engineers Meadow near Mt Lookout (for the flow at the confluence of the Gauley and Meadow, approximately nine miles upstream of the put-in at Bucklick Branch).  As an alternative, check the Gauley above Belva (for 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 (Gauley Below Summersville Virtual Gage) IV-V-- 576 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 20:30 EDT hold
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 PI.  Alt:  Army Corps of Engineers Summersville ReleaseScheduled 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, Lower I-II Water gone!
Lake = 98.0 
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Green River at Fishtop Falls Access VG
Green River Flows Page
Duke Energy: Lake Levels
Very Good.  Alt:  Call 828-698-2068.  Level cell format:  current flow and time taking into account 4.5 hour 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 = 99 - 300, too high = 400.
Green, Narrows IV-V (2@V+) Water gone!
Lake = 98.0 
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Green River at Gallimore Road Access VG
Green River Flows Page
Duke Energy: Lake Levels
Very Good.  Alt:  Call 828-698-2068.  Level cell format:  current flow and time taking into account 2 hour 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 = 99 - 160, too high = 210.
Release Schedule
09/14/2014: 8:00am to 4:00pm 100%.
09/15/2014: 8:00am to 1:00pm 100%.
09/16/2014: 8:00am to 1:00pm 100%. 
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT none
Duke: Tuxedo RS Very Good  This is the most recent schedule as posted by Duke Energy.  After some initial glitches, these messages have been reasonably accurate.  Remember, however, that "operational schedules are determined daily;"  they can and do change.  Remember to add 2.5 hours to the starting time and 1 hour to the ending time to account for the time it takes for the water to get to / recede from the put-in.
Green, Upper II-III- (2@III+) Water gone!
Lake = 98.0 
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Green River Below Tuxedo Hydro Plant VG
Green River Flows Page
Duke Energy: Lake Levels
Excellent.  Alt:  Call 828-698-2068.  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.
Island Creek, Catoosa Bridge to Emory River III-IV+ 116 cfs
(Emory)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
USGS: Emory Fair.  Gage on river to which Island Creek is a tributary.  Painted gage on downstream center pier of put-in bridge: min = 2" opt = 1' high = 1.5' (begins to get pushy).  Alternate put-in 6 miles upstream at Catoosa Road.  Color codes: minimum = 10000, medium = 14000 - 20000, too high = 30000.
21 cfs
(proxy)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
USGS: Clear Creek at Lilly Bridge Speculative.  Gage located in a related watershed.  Color codes: minimum = 1200, medium = 1500 - 2300, too high = 3500.
Ivy, Forks of Ivy to Eller Cove Road I-II (II+) 74 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT 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+ 1.81 feet
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT fall
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 38 cfs
09/14/2014 20:00 CDT hold
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 38 cfs
09/14/2014 20:00 CDT hold
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+) 38 cfs
09/14/2014 20:00 CDT hold
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 1.65 feet
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
NOAA: Little River (Townsend) Good.  Note that NOAA reports values in UTC;  boatingbeta converts these values to the time zone local to the gage.  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.  The online gage is has been available in real time only since 11/2004 and the floods of 2004 may have changed the old rules of thumb;  thus the color coding speculative:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 3, medium = 4 - 6, too high = 7.
105 cfs (estimated)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT 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+ 1.65 feet
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
NOAA: Little River (Townsend) Excellent.  Note that NOAA reports values in UTC;  boatingbeta converts these values to the time zone local to the gage.  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.  This gage is has been available in real time only since 11/2004 and the floods of 2004 may have changed the old rules of thumb;  thus the color coding speculative:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2.4, medium = 2.9 - 3.5, too high = 5.
105 cfs (estimated)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT 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 1.65 feet
(tributary)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
NOAA: Little River (Townsend) Fair.  Note that NOAA reports values in UTC;  boatingbeta converts these values to the time zone local to the gage.  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.  This gage is has been available in real time only since 11/2004 and the floods of 2004 may have changed the old rules of thumb;  thus the color coding speculative:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 3, medium = 3.6 - 4.3, too high = 6.
105 cfs (estimated)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT 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.
NA
NAnone
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- 4.27 feet
(Clear Creek)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
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.
21 cfs
(proxy)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
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 Pigeon, Lower West Prong (Picnic Area to Campbell Overlook) V 0.08 inches
(rain, 24 hours)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
AFWS: Newfound Gap RG Speculative.  Warning!  The relationship between the Picnic area bridge visual gage and safely boatable flows has changed several time in the last couple years.  The following values are at best hints . . . observe the flow independently of the gage and use your judgement!  Picnic area bridge visual gage:  min = 1', opt = 1.3-1.5', max = 1.7'.  If water table up, look for widespread 1+" of rain, esp. at Newfound Gap; in summer look for 1.5+":  AFWS: Sevier County.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1, medium = 1.5 - 2, too high = 2.5.
0.06 inches
(rain, 24 hours)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
NOAA: Newfound Gap Speculative.  Note that NOAA reports values in UTC;  boatingbeta converts these values to the time zone local to the gage.  Note too that NOAA reports the total amount of precipitation for the precipitation year, not the amount that has fallen in the last 24 hours.  If you go straight to the source you'll have to do the math yourself.  If water table up, look for widespread 1+" of rain; in summer look for 1.5+".  Insufficient observations:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1, medium = 1.5 - 2, too high = 2.5.
0.8 feet (estimated)
09/14/2014 18:24 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: West Prong at Picnic Area VG Speculative.  Based on the AFWS: Chimney Pic SG;  as of December 2008 it appears the online gage reads about .7 feet above the visual gage.  Help dial this gage in, both the relationship to the visual gage and the color coding (the relationship between the Picnic Area visual reading and boatabilty changes more frequently than any other gage I know):  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1, medium = 1.3 - 1.5, too high = 1.7.
1.52 feet
09/14/2014 18:24 EDT fall
AFWS: Chimney Pic SG Speculative.  Gage has been offline more than offline for years.  As of December 2008 it appears the online gage reads about .7 feet above the visual gage.  Help dial this gage in, both the relationship to the visual gage and the color coding (which frequently changes):  Report your runs!  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Chimney Picnic Area (West Prong) hydrograph and Chimney Picnic Area (West Prong) streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 1.7, medium = 2 - 2.2, too high = 2.4.
Little Pigeon, Middle Prong, Porters Creek to Highway 73 (Greenbrier) II-III 292 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
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- 292 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
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.
Little Pigeon, Road Prong of the West Prong V-V+ 0.08 inches
(rain, 24 hours)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
AFWS: Newfound Gap RG Speculative.  Footbridge visual gage: 12 painted stripes down (-12") = min; if -7" can run Upper Road Prong.  Runs when everything else too high.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1, medium = 1.5 - 2, too high = 2.5.
0.06 inches
(rain, 24 hours)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
NOAA: Newfound Gap Speculative.  Note that NOAA reports values in UTC;  boatingbeta converts these values to the time zone local to the gage.  Note too that NOAA reports the total amount of precipitation for the precipitation year, not the amount that has fallen in the last 24 hours.  If you go straight to the source you'll have to do the math yourself.  If water table up, look for widespread 1+" of rain; in summer look for 1.5+".  Insufficient observations:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1, medium = 1.5 - 2, too high = 2.5.
Little Pigeon, Upper Upper West Prong (Alum Cave to Trailhead) V-V+ 0.08 inches
(rain, 24 hours)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
AFWS: Newfound Gap RG Speculative.  Put-in bridge visual gage:  min = 2.4', 2.8' = opt., max = at least 3'.  Color codes: minimum = 1.5, medium = 2 - 2.5, too high = 3.
0.06 inches
(rain, 24 hours)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
NOAA: Newfound Gap Speculative.  Note that NOAA reports values in UTC;  boatingbeta converts these values to the time zone local to the gage.  Note too that NOAA reports the total amount of precipitation for the precipitation year, not the amount that has fallen in the last 24 hours.  If you go straight to the source you'll have to do the math yourself.  If water table up, look for widespread 1+" of rain; in summer look for 1.5+".  Insufficient observations:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1.5, medium = 2 - 2.5, too high = 3.
Little Pigeon, Upper West Prong (Trailhead to Picnic Area) V-V+ 0.08 inches
(rain, 24 hours)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
AFWS: Newfound Gap RG Speculative.  Warning!  The relationship between the Picnic area bridge visual gage and safely boatable flows has changed several time in the last couple years.  The following values are at best hints . . . observe the flow independently of the gage and use your judgement!  Picnic area bridge visual gage:  min = 1', opt = 1.3-1.5', max = 1.7'.  If water table up, look for widespread 1+" of rain, esp. at Newfound Gap; in summer look for 1.5+":  AFWS: Sevier County.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1, medium = 1.5 - 2, too high = 2.5.
0.06 inches
(rain, 24 hours)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
NOAA: Newfound Gap Speculative.  Note that NOAA reports values in UTC;  boatingbeta converts these values to the time zone local to the gage.  Note too that NOAA reports the total amount of precipitation for the precipitation year, not the amount that has fallen in the last 24 hours.  If you go straight to the source you'll have to do the math yourself.  If water table up, look for widespread 1+" of rain; in summer look for 1.5+".  Insufficient observations:  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1, medium = 1.5 - 2, too high = 2.5.
0.8 feet (estimated)
09/14/2014 18:24 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: West Prong at Picnic Area VG Speculative.  Based on the AFWS: Chimney Pic SG;  as of December 2008 it appears the online gage reads about .7 feet above the visual gage.  Help dial this gage in, both the relationship to the visual gage and the color coding (the relationship between the Picnic Area visual reading and boatabilty changes more frequently than any other gage I know):  Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1, medium = 1.3 - 1.5, too high = 1.7.
1.52 feet
09/14/2014 18:24 EDT fall
AFWS: Chimney Pic SG Speculative.  Gage has been offline more than offline for years.  As of December 2008 it appears the online gage reads about .7 feet above the visual gage.  Help dial this gage in, both the relationship to the visual gage and the color coding (which frequently changes):  Report your runs!  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Chimney Picnic Area (West Prong) hydrograph and Chimney Picnic Area (West Prong) streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 1.7, medium = 2 - 2.2, too high = 2.4.
Little Tennessee I-II 594 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT fall
USGS: Little Tennessee (Needmore) Excellent.  Gage near TO.  Color codes: minimum = 230, medium = 500 - 1500, too high = 2500.
Little Tennessee II+ 594 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT fall
USGS: Little Tennessee (Needmore) Excellent.  Gage near PI.  Color codes: minimum = 350, medium = 500 - 2000, too high = 2500.
Mills, South Fork (Pink Beds to South Mills River Road) II (IV, portage) 133 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Mills Fair.  Gage located below confluence of NF and SF.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 450, medium = 550 - 1000, too high = 1500.
Nantahala, Cascades IV-V- 0 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Nantahala Cascades VG New Gage!!!  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!Note:  The powerhouse is down until 12/31/2009 (at least);  until then most of the flow measured at the Nantahala at Hewitt gage will be coming through the Cascades!  Ignore this virtual gage until water is flowing through the powerhouse again.  Review the Duke Power's Nantahala Lake Messages for updates.  Color codes: minimum = 200, medium = 250 - 350, too high = 600.
Nantahala, Gorge (Beechertown to Wesser) II+ (III) 68 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Nantahala at Hewett Excellent.  Alt: Call 866-332-5253 for release information.  Duke Energy provides 2-3 day forecasts every morning.  Forecasts as of date and time message accessed and archive of past forecasts available at Nantahala River Flows Page.  A calendar of scheduled releases is available at Annual calendar of scheduled Nantahala Gorge releases.  The water takes approximately 3 hours to reach Lesser Wesser Falls and the NOC.  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1000, too high = 1600.
Release Schedule
09/14/2014: 9:30am to 3:30pm.
09/15/2014: 9:30am to 3:30pm.
09/16/2014: 9:30am to 3:30pm. 
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT none
Duke Energy: Nantahala RS Good  This is the most recent schedule as posted by Nantahala Power & Light.  These schedules sometimes change from day to day and over the course of the day, so don't take them as gospel.
New River Gorge III-IV 3800 cfs
09/14/2014 20:30 EDT rise
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 (Fayette Station Virtual Gage) III-IV 1.43 feet
(estimated)
09/14/2014 20:30 EDT rise
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 1230 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT 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 1230 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
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 1230 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT 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 1633 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT fall
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+) 116 cfs
(Emory)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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+ 116 cfs
(Emory)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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 0 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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 = 1300, medium = 1500 - 1700, too high = 2200.
Ocoee, Flipper (II) Park and Play 518 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 12:00 EDT down
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 518 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 12:00 EDT 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 = 1000, medium = 1500 - 2200, too high = 2400.
Ocoee, Middle (Ocoee #2 Dam to below Ocoee #2 Powerhouse; Virtual Gage) III+ 518 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 12:00 EDT 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 = 500, medium = 1000 - 2400, too high = 3600.
Ocoee, Smiley's (III) Park and Play 0 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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 = 1100, medium = 1200 - 1600, too high = 1900.
Ocoee, Upper (Virtual Gage) III+ 0 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT 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 518 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 12:00 EDT 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 = 2000, medium = 2400 - 3600, too high = 3800.
Oconaluftee II-III 223 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Oconaluftee Poor.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 360, medium = 500 - 800, too high = 1500.
Overflow Creek V 0.45 feet
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Overflow Creek VG Excellent.  Based on USGS: Chattooga at Burrells Ford.  Brian Jacobson's rule of thumb (almost as accurate as the virtual gage):  Overflow = Burrells Ford - 1.0 foot (thanks for the data Brian!).  Relationship closest when Chattooga is falling.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!.  Relationship between stage and flow drifting:  color codes updated 4/3/2011.  Color codes: minimum = 0.7, medium = 1 - 1.5, too high = 2.
1.65 feet
(Chattooga)
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
USGS: Chattooga Speculative.  Visual gage: min = 1' opt = 1.2-1.5' max = 2'.  Run well upstream of online gage;  Chattooga must be rising.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2.5, medium = 3 - 4, too high = 5.
Pigeon (Big), Dries IV-IV+ (2@V) 0 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Pigeon River Below Walters Dam VG Poor.  Insufficient observations:   Report levels relative to Harmon Den low water bridge (inches below top of the bridge) or the upstream river right bricks (water up to which brick, brick #1 = most river right, amount of brick underwater).  Color codes: minimum = 350, medium = 500 - 800, too high = 1500.
Pigeon (Big), Gorge (Big Creek to Hartford) III-III+ 549 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT fall
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.
Pigeon (Big), West Fork V 30 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: WF Pigeon Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 280, medium = 400 - 800, too high = 1000.
Powell (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap) III-IV 260 cfs
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
USGS: Powell (Jonesville) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 950, medium = 800 - 1200, too high = 1500.
Powell, South Fork (Big Cherry water plant to Durhams Chapel) V+ 260 cfs
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
USGS: Powell (Jonesville) Speculative.  See AW description and look for heavy rain (AFWS: Wise County).   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2500, medium = 3000 - 3500, too high = 4000.
Raven Fork, Straight Fork to Job Corps Center Bridge II-III 223 cfs
(Oconaluftee)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
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) 223 cfs
(Oconaluftee)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
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- 2.42 feet
09/14/2014 21:09 EDT hold
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- 2.42 feet
09/14/2014 21:09 EDT hold
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.
Russell Fork of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy, Gorge IV-V 334 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT 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-) 334 cfs
(estimated)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT 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 1190 cfs
09/14/2014 20:15 EST hold
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.
Saluda, Middle Fork IV ? 2 feet
09/14/2014 19:45 EST hold
USGS: Middle Saluda Speculative.  Color coding completely a guess.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 3.6, medium = 3.8 - 4.1, too high = 4.3.
Santeetlah Creek, Lower III-IV 1.14 feet
(Tellico)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
USGS: Tellico Speculative.  Color coding inspired guesswork.  Look for rainfall over 2" in 24 hours: AFWS: Graham County.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 4.5, medium = 5 - 6, too high = 7.
0.04 inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
AFWS: Chestnut Flats RG Speculative.  I have only a handful of observations for this run so the color coding is speculative:  Report your runs!.  The Chestnut Flats gauge is the main indicator for this run;  the Wauchecha and Stecoah Gap gauges are included to confirm that the rain in the vicinity of the run is widespread rather than a possibly misleading highly localized downpour.  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.5 - 3, too high = 3.5.
0 inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
AFWS: Stecoah Gap RG Speculative.  I have only a handful of observations for this run so the color coding is speculative:  Report your runs!.  The Chestnut Flats gauge is the main indicator for this run;  the Wauchecha and Stecoah Gap gauges are included to confirm that the rain in the vicinity of the run is widespread rather than a possibly misleading highly localized downpour.  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.5 - 3, too high = 3.5.
NA
NAhold
AFWS: Wauchecha RG Speculative.  I have only a handful of observations for this run so the color coding is speculative:  Report your runs!.  The Chestnut Flats gauge is the main indicator for this run;  the Wauchecha and Stecoah Gap gauges are included to confirm that the rain in the vicinity of the run is widespread rather than a possibly misleading highly localized downpour.  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.5 - 3, too high = 3.5.
Santeetlah Creek, Upper V 1.14 feet
(Tellico)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
USGS: Tellico Speculative.  Bridge near junction of FR 81 and FR 81C visual gage: min = a couple inches over the footing.  Color coding inspired guesswork.  Look for rainfall over 2" in 24 hours: AFWS: Graham County.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 4.5, medium = 5 - 6, too high = 7.
0.04 inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
AFWS: Chestnut Flats RG Speculative.  I have only a handful of observations for this run so the color coding is speculative:  Report your runs!.  The Chestnut Flats gauge is the main indicator for this run;  the Wauchecha and Stecoah Gap gauges are included to confirm that the rain in the vicinity of the run is widespread rather than a possibly misleading highly localized downpour.  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.5 - 3, too high = 3.5.
0 inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
AFWS: Stecoah Gap RG Speculative.  I have only a handful of observations for this run so the color coding is speculative:  Report your runs!.  The Chestnut Flats gauge is the main indicator for this run;  the Wauchecha and Stecoah Gap gauges are included to confirm that the rain in the vicinity of the run is widespread rather than a possibly misleading highly localized downpour.  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.5 - 3, too high = 3.5.
NA
NAhold
AFWS: Wauchecha RG Speculative.  I have only a handful of observations for this run so the color coding is speculative:  Report your runs!.  The Chestnut Flats gauge is the main indicator for this run;  the Wauchecha and Stecoah Gap gauges are included to confirm that the rain in the vicinity of the run is widespread rather than a possibly misleading highly localized downpour.  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 2.5 - 3, too high = 3.5.
Slickrock Creek IV-V 1.14 feet
(Tellico)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
USGS: Tellico Speculative. Paddle to confluence with Calderwood reservoir to confirm that level looks reasonable.  Color coding inspired guesswork.  Look for rainfall over 2" in 24 hours: AFWS: Graham County.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 5, medium = 6 - 7, too high = 8.
Snowbird Creek III-IV+ 1.14 feet
(Tellico)
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
USGS: Tellico Speculative.  Color coding inspired guesswork.  Look for rainfall over 2" in 24 hours: AFWS: Graham County.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 4.5, medium = 5 - 6, too high = 7.
NA
NAnone
AFWS: Snowbird Creek SG No Data.  I have no flow coding information for this gage but once we have it dialed in it ought to be a great resource:  Report your runs!  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Snowbird Creek hydrograph and Snowbird Creek streamflow archive.
Spring Creek III-III+ (V) NA
NAnone
AFWS: Meadow Fork RG Poor.  25-70 bridge visual gage: min. = 9", opt. = 1.5-2.5', max = 3'.  If Big Laurel Creek is running at least 2', check to see if Spring Creek is running.  Look for 2" of rain in 24 hours on the Meadow Fork gage.
Swannanoa I-II 123 cfs
09/14/2014 21:00 EDT hold
USGS: Swannanoa Speculative.  Color coding inspired guesswork.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 100, medium = 150 - 300, too high = 400.
Tallulah Gorge IV (V) 95 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
USGS: Tallulah Excellent.  Gage near end of whitewater section.  Illegal to paddle on non-release days (first 2 April weekends and first 3 November weekends).  Annual calendar of scheduled Tallulah releasesNote:  The November 2010 releases have been cancelled due to a broken flood gate.  Color codes: minimum = 450, medium = 500 - 750, too high = 1200.
Tanasee Creek IV+-V NA
NAhold
AFWS: Tanasee Creek SG Excellent / Speculative.  Gage at put-in but very little experience reading it.  Visually, if it looks like there is barely enough water to float a boat there is enough to run the creek -- a tributary adds water a couple hundred yards downstream.  I've been told that if the creek appears to be running at a good level at the put-in it will be very pushy downstream.  As always - - but especially so on this tight, wood-catching seldom run reach -- rely on your eyes and good judgement, not these speculative flow codes.  Note that the IV+ rating is for low water runs, the V for moderate water runs.  The closest road follows the creek on river right 400-800 difficult vertical feet above it.  Let's get this gage dialed in:   Report your runs!  Note:  AFWS gages can report sporadically.  Here are links to the Tanasee Creek hydrograph and Tanasee Creek streamflow archive.  Color codes: minimum = 2.85, medium = 3 - 3.25, too high = 3.4.
Tellico, Middle (Bridge below Jerrods Knee to Oosterneck parking area) III+ 1.14 feet
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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.
139 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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 1.14 feet
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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.
139 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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.
Tennessee Laurel Creek (Highway 91 to Whitetop Laurel Creek) III 181 cfs
(SF Holston)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
USGS: SF Holston (Damascus) Fair.  Gage well downstream of PI.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1500, medium = 2000 - 3000, too high = 5000.
Toe River Gorge, Toecane to Red Hill Bridge II-III 1230 cfs
(Nolichucky)
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT 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, Carolina Hemlocks to Patience Mullindore Park I-II 161 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: South Toe Fair.  When over 700 cfs top half becomes Ocoee-like in nature.  Watch for low water bridges that must be portaged. Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 250, medium = 400 - 1000, too high = 1800.
Toe River, South Fork, Patience Mullindore Park to NC 80 Bridge II (III) 161 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: South Toe Fair.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 150, medium = 300 - 800, too high = 1800.
Trail Fork of Big Creek (Boomer to USFS Boundary) V NA
NAhold
AFWS: Meadow Fork RG Speculative.  AFWS: Meadow Fork  Thanks to Kirk Eddlemon for tracking this gage, working out the levels and opening up this run!  Except for the minimum the color coding is speculative, so Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 2, medium = 3 - 3.5, too high = 4.
Tuckaseegee, Devil's Dip (II) Park and Play 677 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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 3.37 feet
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT rise
USGS: Tuckasegee (Barker's Creek) Excellent.  Gage at take-out, but gage is new so color coding is a best guess.  Alt: Call 866-332-5253 (toll free) or 828-369-4559 for release information.  Help dial in this new gage:   Report your runs!Annual calendar of scheduled Tuckasegee Gorge releases.  Color codes: minimum = 3.7, medium = 4.4 - 5, too high = 5.5.
Tuckaseegee, East Fork (Slab Hole) (II) Park and Play 10 cfs @ 21:47
No release 
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: Tuckasegee River at Slab Hole VG
Duke Energy: East Fork
Excellent.  Scheduled releases into river approximately 1/2 mile above the hole.  Level cell format:  estimated current flow and time;  current date and release message as recorded by Duke Energy;  date and time message accessed.  Estimated current flow speculative;  all Duke Energy reports is whether the river is "on" or "off."  Duke Energy provides 3 day generation schedules every morning.  Alt: Call 866-332-5253 (toll free) or 828-369-4559 for release information.  Color codes: minimum = 100, medium = 200 - 300, too high = 400.
Release Schedule
09/14/2014:
No release.
09/15/2014: 12:00m to 9:00am.
09/16/2014:
No release. 
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT none
Duke Energy: EF Tuck RS Good  This is the most recent schedule as posted by Nantahala Power & Light.  These schedules sometimes change from day to day and over the course of the day, so don't take them as gospel.
Tuckaseegee, East Fork, Granny Burrel Falls to Rock Bridge (Upper Upper EF Tuckaseegee) IV-V 0.94 feet
09/14/2014 20:09 EDT 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.
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.
0.08 inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 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.
Tuckaseegee, Ela to Bryson City II 677 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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, West Fork III-IV+ (V) 0 cfs 
09/14/2014 21:19 EDT hold
BoatingBeta.com: West Fork Tuckasegee River VG Excellent.  Currently very easy to predict flows . . . learn more about this de-watered gem on AW's WF Tuckaseegee Page.  Help secure releases on this and other de-watered streams across the U.S., join American Whitewater!  Color codes: minimum = 150, medium = 200 - 300, too high = 400.
Tuckaseegee, Whittier to Ela II (II+) 677 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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- 115 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
USGS: Watauga Very Good.  Gage 2 miles upstream of PI.  Color codes: minimum = 160, medium = 250 - 500, too high = 1200.
Watauga, Red Roof IV-V- 2.4 feet
04/07/2014 08:39 EDT hold
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.
Whitetop Laurel Creek (Station Creek to Route 58 near Damascus) III-IV 181 cfs
(SF Holston)
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT hold
USGS: SF Holston (Damascus) Fair.  Gage well downstream of PI.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1500, medium = 2000 - 3000, too high = 5000.
Wilson Creek, Gorge (flows) IV 1071.9 inches
(estimated)
04/27/2014 08:10 EDT rise
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.
92.56 feet
04/27/2014 08:10 EDT rise
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.
852 cfs
09/14/2014 21:15 EDT hold
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.
115 cfs
09/14/2014 21:30 EDT hold
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.
80 cfs
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT fall
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.
Wilson Creek, Gorge (rainfall) IV NA inches
(rain, 12 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT none
AFWS: Edgemont No Data.  Located on Wilson Creek eight miles upstream of the Gorge.  Use this and the rest of the WC rain gauges to determine where the rain has fallen and how much faith can be placed in the boatingbeta Adako Bridge virtual gage.  The virtual gage is most likely to be accurate when the rainfall is widespread.  If over an inch of rain has fallen at the Edgemont gauge in the past 24 hours there's a good chance Wilson Creek is running even if the virtual gage says it is not;  if the Edgemont gauge hasn't received much rain but the other gauges have, there is a good chance the rain fell west or north of the Wilson Creek watershed and Wilson Creek is not running even if the virtual gage says it is.  Inaccuracy in the virtual gage is most likely to occur in the summer due to the localized nature of summer thunderstorms.  Note:  Wilson Creek will continue to run for many days after significant rainfall.  Here's a link to the Edgemont rainfall archive.
NA inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT none
AFWS: Edgemont No Data.  Located on Wilson Creek eight miles upstream of the Gorge.
0.08 inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT none
AFWS: Grandfather Meadows No Data.  Located just west of the Wilson Creek watershed, at the tippy top of the Linville watershed and just south of the tippy top of the Watauga watershed.  Note:  Wilson Creek will continue to run for many days after significant rainfall.  Here's a link to the Grandfather Meadows rainfall archive.
0 inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT none
AFWS: Globe No Data.  Located in Johns River watershed.  Note:  Wilson Creek will continue to run for many days after significant rainfall.  Here's a link to the Globe rainfall archive.
0.12 inches
(rain, 24 hr)
09/14/2014 21:45 EDT none
AFWS: Bailey Camp No Data.  Located in Yadkin watershed, very close to Johns River watershed.  Note:  Wilson Creek will continue to run for many days after significant rainfall.  Here's a link to the Bailey Camp rainfall archive.
Yadkin, Upper IV 80 cfs
09/14/2014 20:45 EDT fall
USGS: Yadkin (Patterson) Speculative.  Runs when everything around Wilson Creek is too high.   Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 150, medium = 200 - 350, too high = 450.
Youghiogheny, Upper IV-V- 167 cfs
09/14/2014 19:45 EST hold
USGS: Yough (Friendsville) Fair.  Gage near TO.  Useful by self when river has natural flow and generating all day but not for pure-release flows (since the release window is narrow and can be over at the put-in by the time water reaches the gage).  The standard release is 600 cfs.  To estimate bubble flow before bubble reaches gage, add 600 cfs to gage reading.  Alt: Call 315-413-2823 for updated release information.  Annual calendar of scheduled Upper Yough releases.  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 700 - 1000, too high = 1600.
2.52 feet
09/14/2014 19:45 EST hold
USGS: Yough (Friendsville) Fair.  Gage near TO.  Padders often refer to the painted gage on the bridge at the PI (Sang Run). The Sang Run gage reads approximately 1.25 feet less than the Friendsville gage, so a local rule of thumb is to subtract 1.2 from the Friendsville flow interpretation levels to get the Sang Run flow interpretation levels.  Color codes: minimum = 3.078, medium = 3.282 - 3.539, too high = 3.955.

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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.