Doe - 3. Highway 19E bridge @ Hampton High School to Covered Bridge Park - Elizabethton

Doe, Tennessee, US


3. Highway 19E bridge @ Hampton High School to Covered Bridge Park - Elizabethton (Lower Doe)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 7.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 35 fpm
Max Gradient 80 fpm

Covered Bridge Park

Covered Bridge Park
Photo of Covered Bridge & Weir Dam by Wesley R. Bradley taken 01/06/06 @ 300

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Doe at Elizabethton, TN
tva-a4681 300 - 2000 cfs II-III 6y102d11h03m 160 cfs (too low)

River Description

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2007-04-14 22:47:31


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.5Bridge RapidII+Playspot Photo
7.3Covered Bridge Weir DamIIITakeout Portage Hazard

Rapid Descriptions

Bridge Rapid (Class II+, Mile 1.5)

Bridge Rapid @ flood stage

Bridge Rapid @ flood stage
Photo of Bridge Rapid starting the beggining of the horseshoe by Wesley R. Bradley taken 11/19/04 @ +9,000 cfs

Big surfing wave above 900 cfs

Covered Bridge Weir Dam (Class III, Mile 7.3)
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.

User Comments

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December 27 2009 (2708 days ago)
design71 (151315)
The line by the big bridge pylon on the main rapid is choked up with all kinds of crap, run well
right of the rocks.
August 31 2008 (3191 days ago)
Jason AltmanDetails
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.
May 9 2004 (4766 days ago)
Chris ClarkDetails
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.

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