Difficulty I-II
Length 7 Miles
Flow Range 1.90 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 57 minutes ago 2.74 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/08/2019 7:26 pm

River Description

US 15-501 River right.

Old US 1 River right.


This section of the Deep River is a beautiful, mostly flat paddle. There are three sets of rapids along the way. The scenery is very nice, with little signs of civilization anywhere. This section is less than 30 minutes from Raleigh. The rapids below the dam would make a nice park and play spot. The center and river right lines have the best ride. The only difficulty is the portage around the Dam at Moncure. River right is steep and river left is not easy. Suggest using ropes to aid in the portage, especially river right. A great dry, cold weather paddle for beginners and novices.

Rapid Descriptions

Dam at Moncure

Class - Mile - 6.9
Rapid Thumbnail Missing
Use caution when portaging this dam, especially at high water.


Gage Descriptions

Gauge is located before the second set of rapids past the confluence of the Deep and Rocky Rivers.

Minimum for rapids below dam is 1.9 ft.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

No Accident Reports



article main photo

A Close Look at Cheoah River Fatalities

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)


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190854 12/09/06 n/a n/a
1213204 07/08/19 n/a updated image position