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Difficulty I-III
Length 4.2 Miles
Flow Range 2.00 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 46 minutes ago 1.04 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/27/2006 2:31 pm

River Description

Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, B. Sehlinger

This is a nice and easy roadside float, or something to run when everything else is at flood. Due to the fact that the streambed is nearly twice as wide as the gorge upstream it can handle 2000 cfs easily. The downside it that it takes a bit more water than the gorge to get this section running.

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Rapid Descriptions


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Allen Pogue
13 years ago

Ran this with a group of 5, September 24, 2006. Level was ranging between 3.5 and 4.5' according to the graph. More difficult than the Nantahala, less difficult than the Middle Ocoee. More like a river and less like a creek at that level. Take a good look at the rapid by the highway bridge, there is bad stuff on the left but the rapid can be run down the right with a couple of boofs. You may need to ask permission from a land owner to take out in the edge of town.

Gage Descriptions

As of September 2001 the USGS gauge is back on the web!!

Conversion from feet to cfs, from Julie Keller:

1.9   305   3.5   998   
2.0   330   4.0  1250   
2.2   403   4.5  1515   
2.5   526   5.0  1800   
2.7   618   6.0  2400   
3.0   770   7.0  3150 

Directions Description

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USFS to host Tellico River Cleanup

Ben Van Camp

The US Forest Service is organizing a river cleanup on Tennesse's Annual River Clean Up on Saturday, March 08, 2008. Last year’s clean up saw over 200 participants and nearly 2 tons of trash was collected along TellicoRiver, North River and the North Carolina OHV Area. This event is being sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, Trout Unlimited,  Chattanooga Trout Association, American Whitewater, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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USGS Tellico Gauge: The Rest of the Story

Joe Greiner

The new USGS Tellico River gauge is now online. How did it get there? Read about how American Whitewater and boaters like you worked to get this important gauge reported in realtime and onto the internet.

Matt Muir


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