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Difficulty II-III
Length 7.3 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 59 minutes ago 69 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/14/2007 10:47 pm

River Description

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

Rapid Descriptions

Bridge Rapid

Class - II+ Mile - 1.5
Big surfing wave above 900 cfs

Covered Bridge Weir Dam

Class - III Mile - 7.3
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This last feature of the run is a 2.5 feet tall spill over concrete dam onto a concrete shelf. If you decide to run the dam, run it on the river left side about 6' off the concrete deck against the bank. DO NOT RUN THE DAM FROM LEFT CENTER OF THE RIVER TOO ANYWHERE OVER TO THE FISH LADDER ON RIVER RIGHT!!! The city had the contractor install a large line of limestone quarry boulders to slow down and break up the flow. Any flow below 2,000 cfs could result in a bad accident with the boulder line below the dam. Make sure you scout this drop to find the exact line on the left before attempting to run the drop. If you elect not to run the dam, you can take out on the river right side at the concrete steps that are constructed down to the river. The steps are located just before you go under the Covered Bridge.


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Jason Altman
11 years ago

The Nolichuckey was running at 19000 cfs the other day which is way above my experience level, so decided to try this little section of the Doe. The Doe was running about 290 cfs and we had not been down this section, but we decided to give it a try. It took us about 2 hours to go from the Hampton school to the park in Elizabethton. 250cfs is probably the bare level for this section. It has some nice little play spots and a few nice little class II's. I would highly recommend this section to beginners and those that need practice with ferrying, eddying, and making your moves in tight spaces. Be careful on this run for fallen trees and strainers on the bank at high water levels. There are plenty of places to put in and take out on this stretch and you are never far from civilization, but it is a beautiful river when it runs. It takes a good rainfall on Roan Mountain for the river to rise to a runnable level.

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Chris Clark
15 years ago

This section has some good play on it at levels above 800 cfs. I often paddle it and gorge together which makes for 15 miles of whitewater. It's not the most difficult stretch, but it is scenic and has several nice holes and waves. The take-out is at the covered bridge park in Elizabethton.

Gage Descriptions

Call: 1-800-238-2264

Press "3" when the TVA lady starts to speak to skip the intro and option menus.

Listen for "Doe at Elizabethton" (8th on the list) for latest gauge reading.

300 cfs is the minimum level, low and quite scrappy, but runnable in all the major rapids.

400-700 cfs is a good level for 1st time novice boaters on this run. The river is much slower and forgiving.

800-1200 cfs is a good level for boaters who are comfortable with moderate II-III whitewater.

1300-1900 cfs is a great level. The river picks up some good speed that make some nice wave trains in several rapids.

2000+ cfs is fast! Most rapids wash out while some rapids get much bigger. Your roll should be close to bomb proof. A swim could result in a 1/2 mile or more without a boat.

Most local rains of 1/2" or more bring this run up to a runable level.



Directions Description

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1191537 04/14/07 Wesley Bradley n/a