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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Runnable as low as 100 cfs but you gotta be really hardup. Ideal is from 250-400 cfs. The Watauga gets harder and harder the higher the flow. There aren't many boaters willing to run it over 650 cfs and those that do often portage some of drops (especially Hydro). The exception to this general rule is Stateline Falls, which is actually harder at very low levels than it is at moderate levels because the ankle-breaking rock just to the left of the landing zone becomes less padded. To find out what the Watauga is running, call the TVA at 800-238-2264 and press 3 or online at Boating Beta - My Flows or here. Note the Sugargrove gauge is upstream of the Gorge itself and can sometimes read low compared to actual conditions in the gorge due to feeder creeks downstream of the gauge.

IV to IV+(V-) (fun in a drought low) 100-150 cfs

IV to V- (low) 150-250 cfs
IV to V- (ideal) 250-400 cfs
IV+ to V (pushy) 400-650 cfs
V (screaming) over 650 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
WATAUGA RIVER NEAR SUGAR GROVE, NC
usgs-03479000 150 - 650 cfs IV-V 03h10m 23 cfs (too low)
Too low for reasonable whitewater outing.

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 100 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low IV-V Too low for reasonable whitewater outing.
100 - 150 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low IV "Fun in a drought" low.
150 - 250 cfs barely runnable-med runnable IV+ Low-boatable.
250 - 400 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable IV+ Moderate, probably ideal flows.
400 - 650 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV-V High, pushy flow.
650 -1000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High V High screaming flows.
1000 -60000 cfs somewhat High-extremely High V+ Extremely high (insane!) flows.

Report - Reports of Watauga 5. Guys Ford Bridge to AW Sherwood Horine Access and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Watauga [NC] Hydro entrance n/a Lee Timmons
Watauga [NC] n/a Lee Timmons
Watauga [NC] Stateline Falls 250? Matthew Christie
Watauga [NC] Let there be boof, and there was. 270 CFS Nathaniel Lesch-Huie
Watauga [NC] Stateline 240 Chris Roberts
Watauga [NC] Stateline n/a Chris Roberts
Watauga [NC] Hydro 275 Chris Roberts
Watauga [NC] Stateline Falls 280cfs Max Jones
Watauga [NC] Split Decision n/a wreeves
Watauga [NC] Lovin' it! 250cfs Dana Culbreth and Will Hanna
Watauga [NC] Hydro n/a Matt Muir
35d02h09m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State line Tyler Parker n/a Derek keaton
1y109d22h16m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State Line- 5/15/13- 315 CFS n/a John Dowse
1y109d22h18m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State Line- 5/15/13- 315 CFS n/a John Dowse
1y109d22h19m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State Line- 5/15/13 - 315 CFS n/a John Dowse
1y109d22h27m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State Line- 5/15/13 - 315 CFS n/a John Dowse
1y109d22h28m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State Line- 5/15/13- 315 CFS n/a John Dowse
1y109d22h38m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State Line- 5/14/13- 315 CFS- n/a John Dowse
1y229d17h32m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [NC] Floods of 2004 n/a kent walker
1y305d04h35m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [NC] Watauga access guidelines n/a Mark Singleton

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