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Difficulty III-IV
Length 2 Miles
Flow Range 4.00 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 2.31 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/01/2004 9:42 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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14 years 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 run.

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Michael Stephenson
17 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

Look for the Tellico to be too high to run before driving up the road to the North River.

Directions Description

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