North River - North River Campground to Tellico River

North River, Tennessee, US


North River Campground to Tellico River

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 60 fpm
Max Gradient 110 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03518500 4.00 - 10.00 ft III-IV 00h58m 1.89 ft (too low)

River Description

The North River is a Tributary of the Tellico. Its a beautiful roadside stream featuring a number of small ledges, the biggest being about 5 feet tall.
FS Road 217 runs alongside the river for the entirety of the run.

The most common put-in is the campground where the river pulls away from the road.
Take-out at the confluence with the Tellico.
This run is mostly rather undefined 2-3- boogie water, with a fun 100 yard section with five nice little cascades thrown in. The last 1/4 mile above the Tellico confluence has some good class 3+ boogie, though the road's impact to the streambed is noticeable. My personal preference is to park at the ledges section and run them over and over, as it takes 2 minutes to carry back up and do it again.

There is a section of the river above the campground that looks good to go, but it will be some class 5 creeking and log dodging.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-02-01 21:42:44

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 23 2006 (4619 days ago)
Tellico went to 3.7 so i thought i would give north river a try. nice little warm up boogie, then
the 5 ledges. most were about 8 feet tall. I thought that the ledges were far more entertaining
that the ones above baby falls on the tellico. lots of 2-3 boogie water. It never flattens out
until you hit the tellico. Watch for wood, hidden strainers lurk behind blind corners. The steel
cable is still above the river about 3/4 mile above the confluence. I thought it was a great little
February 26 2003 (5771 days ago)
Michael StephensonDetails
Be careful, there is a cable stretched across the lower part of the run at one point. Make sure you
note where it is on your drive up so you don't get any surprises.

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