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Difficulty II-III
Length 6 Miles
Gauge ELK CREEK AT ELKVILLE, NC
Flow Range 140 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 70.3 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/04/2010 11:32 am

River Description


Carolina Whitewater, B.Benner

Rapid Descriptions

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Mark Duncan
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4 years ago

Great ride with 4or 5 falls ran it at 156 cfs which was runnable from buffalo park down good time add pics later

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is for Elk Creek, which is near Buffalo Creek. Used as a good indicator of flows for Buffalo Creek.

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A Close Look at Cheoah River Fatalities

6/29/2020
Charlie Walbridge

The recent death of Chris Clark at Python Rapid on North Carolina's Cheoah River is the third at this site in the last six years. In each case, the person who died was an expert paddler and their paddling partners did not see exactly what happened. Let's take a close look at the Cheoah below Bear Creek Falls and develop strategies for future runs. The river here is very fast and continuous. After a fast lead-in (Chaos), the river drops over Bear Creek Falls, a 12' drop. Below, most of the flow pushes toward the river right channel (Python). Ferrying over to the easier river left channel (the West Prong) requires careful boat control. Python itself contains several nasty holes and sieves, with a bad hole blocked by a boulder at the bottom. There is a good route through it, but paddlers need to plan their route carefully. Scouting is a good idea for first timers, although catching eddies and getting out is not  going to be easy. Groups need to stay together.. The rapid is tough enough that you can't watch your buddy all the time, but you can be ready to help if needed. Click through for links to the accident reports, photos, and comments from expert Cheoah River paddlers. (Photo above by Boyd Ruppelt)

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Matt Muir

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190838 12/17/06 n/a n/a
1198977 12/04/10 Matt Muir Fixed non-neg long coords.