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The following release schedules are available as Google calendars:  Cheoah, Coosa, Gauley, Middle Ocoee, Upper Ocoee, Nantahala, Pigeon, Russell Fork, Tallulah, Tuckasegee, Upper Yough and The Full Monty (all eleven schedules).  Visit boatingbeta Google Calendars to learn how to add release schedules to your personal Google calendar.

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 160 cfs
(SF Holston)
09/03/2016 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 139 cfs
(Clinch)
09/03/2016 21:45 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.
Cataloochee Creek II-III (IV) 24 cfs
09/03/2016 19:30 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+ 62 cfs
(Watauga)
09/03/2016 18:30 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.
Clinch Gorge (Puckett Hole to Nash Ford) II-III 139 cfs
09/03/2016 21:45 EDT hold
USGS: Clinch (Cleveland) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 1500, medium = 2000 - 3500, too high = 5000.
French Broad, Alexander Wave (II) Park and Play 892 cfs
09/03/2016 23:00 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, Bent Creek to Hominy Creek (Biltmore) I-II 892 cfs
09/03/2016 23:00 EDT fall
USGS: FB (Asheville) Excellent.   Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1200, too high = 1600.
French Broad, Ledges (II) Park and Play 892 cfs
09/03/2016 23:00 EDT fall
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 892 cfs
09/03/2016 23:00 EDT fall
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 411 cfs
09/03/2016 19:30 EDT fall
USGS: FB (Blantyre) Very Good.   Color codes: minimum = 250, medium = 350 - 600, too high = 1100.
French Broad, Woodfin to Alexander (Section 6) II 892 cfs
09/03/2016 23:00 EDT fall
USGS: FB (Asheville) Very Good.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 500, medium = 750 - 1200, too high = 1600.
Green, Lower I-II No update yet
Lake = 98.2 
09/04/2016 04:30 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, Upper II-III- (2@III+) No update yet
Lake = 98.2 
09/04/2016 04:30 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.
Ivy, Forks of Ivy to Eller Cove Road I-II (II+) 30 cfs
09/03/2016 19:30 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.
Little (AL), Powell Trail to Mouth II 0.15 cfs
09/04/2016 03:00 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 (TN), Elkmont to Metcalf Bottoms II-III 1.5 feet
09/04/2016 04:30 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.
80 cfs (estimated)
09/04/2016 03:30 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 Pigeon, Middle Prong, Porters Creek to Highway 73 (Greenbrier) II-III 184 cfs
09/03/2016 07:00 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 Tennessee I-II 274 cfs
09/04/2016 04:15 EDT hold
USGS: Little Tennessee (Needmore) Excellent.  Gage near TO.  Color codes: minimum = 230, medium = 500 - 1500, too high = 2500.
Little Tennessee II+ 274 cfs
09/04/2016 04:15 EDT hold
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) 110 cfs
09/03/2016 19:30 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, Gorge (Beechertown to Wesser) II+ (III) 150 cfs
09/03/2016 18:30 EDT rise
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
 
NAnone
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.
Nolichucky, Big Rock (II+) Park and Play 464 cfs
09/03/2016 18:30 EDT rise
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 464 cfs
09/03/2016 18:30 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, Secret Spot (II+) Park and Play 678 cfs
09/03/2016 07:00 EDT 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+) 22 cfs
(Emory)
09/04/2016 04:00 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.
Ocoee, Flipper (II) Park and Play 0 cfs
(estimated)
09/03/2016 09:00 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 = 450, medium = 1200 - 2200, too high = 3000.
Ocoee, Whirly Bird (Staging Eddy) (II+) Park and Play 0 cfs
(estimated)
09/03/2016 09:00 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 123 cfs
09/03/2016 23:00 EDT hold
USGS: Oconaluftee Poor.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 360, medium = 500 - 800, too high = 1500.
Raven Fork, Straight Fork to Job Corps Center Bridge II-III 123 cfs
(Oconaluftee)
09/03/2016 23:00 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.
Russell Fork of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy, Upper II-III (IV-) 98 cfs
(estimated)
09/03/2016 18:30 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 2370 cfs
09/04/2016 03:15 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.
Swannanoa I-II 41 cfs
09/03/2016 23:00 EDT fall
USGS: Swannanoa Speculative.  Color coding inspired guesswork.  Insufficient observations:   Report your runs!  Color codes: minimum = 100, medium = 150 - 300, too high = 400.
Tennessee Laurel Creek (Highway 91 to Whitetop Laurel Creek) III 160 cfs
(SF Holston)
09/03/2016 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 464 cfs
(Nolichucky)
09/03/2016 18:30 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 63 cfs
09/03/2016 19:30 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) 63 cfs
09/03/2016 19:30 EDT 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 521 cfs
09/04/2016 04:15 EDT 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 3.62 feet
09/03/2016 18:15 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 No update yet 
NAfall
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
 
NAnone
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, Ela to Bryson City II 521 cfs
09/04/2016 04:15 EDT 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+) 521 cfs
09/04/2016 04:15 EDT 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.

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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.