Watauga - 4. US Route 321 Bridge to Guy's Ford

Watauga, North Carolina, US


4. US Route 321 Bridge to Guy's Ford (Section Three)

Usual Difficulty II(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 3.75 Miles
Avg. Gradient 35 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03479000 200 - 1000 cfs II(IV) 01h14m 66.9 cfs (too low)

River Description

This is a reliable class two run within about 20 minutes of Boone. It can be run pretty low, but most don't bother below 250cfs. The section has good variety - ledges, a slot move, a few surfing waves, shoals, etc. 
Be aware of a "mandatory" portage 1/4 mile into the run called the Clog. After the first set of shoals and rapids, where the Laurel Fork joins the river from the left, the river pools up above the Clog. This is a difficult class V rapid that terminates in a narrow slot that feeds a huge undercut rock that is stuffed with debris such as plywood, logs, etc. Portage the whole thing on the right. Take out as far down as you can go before the rapid begins to minimize walking on private property. There is an old road at the top of the bank. We need to be EXTRA LOW-PROFILE as there are rumors of property owners not being happy about boaters in or near their yards.
Everything else is boat-scoutable.
Note: There is a good surfing wave just below Guy's Ford Bridge where you can get in a little more river at the end of the run.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-03-10 16:00:02

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