I regret to inform this community that on tuesday evening we lost a very special person to the boating community to this river. Issac Ludwig was an amazing person and lived for boating, He taught me and others soo much and could have taught us so much more. this week of rain has brought great joy and even greater sadness to all of us. I want dedicate this weekend of boating to an amazing boater and great friend, Issac we all will miss you so much brother...
Re: Altitude confirmation needed. Attn Bradley LVM New
Date: Mar 08 2004, 14:23 GMT
Road prong is 1100ft (1.9 miles) from putin 1/4 mile above greenlight falls. If you go from here and do west prong all the way down to last take out (below in a hurry) that is just about 3000 feet of drop with no portages (unless you want). If you did road prong from third bridge it is .6 miles and about 300-350 feet. upper west prong is 700 feet (1.7 miles) from foot bridge to 441 bridge. 441 brige to last take out is 3.3-3.5 miles and a little over 1100 feet. Campbell over is a mile less.- howard
Newest reports have 1.5 being the high water cut off.
The W. Prong guage has changed. It now reads around
1/3' lower. So now I guess 1 1/2- 1 3/4 is my high
water cut off for the lower (it was done wensday at 1
3/4) and 1/2' is the low h2o cutoff. No new bad trees
and no major changes with alot aoff small ones.
hope it rains more- Howard
8 years ago
by Brian Bridgewater
10 years ago
by Mark Singleton
The NOAA river guage near the Chimney picnic area (ID = CPAT1) gives nearly real time information on the flow as it is at the put in. Subtract 1.5 ft from CPAT1 to get the bridge guage. A better view of this guage is available on rainpursuit.org.
As of late 2006, 0.8 is pretty low, with 1-1.1 feet being nice and 1.3-1.5 being medium to medium high. Above 1.5 and you are on your own.
The NOAA page for Sevier County has several rain guages useful for anticipating the flow on the West Prong. Check the Newfound Gap rain gauge (ID = NFGT1). During the winter months, look for at least 1 inch cumulative rainfall in the last 12 hours, while in late spring through fall, look for readings of 2+ inches for flow.
Both the flow and rain gauges above can be found on the rainpursuit.org site.
A USGS gauge in Sevierville is further downstream and can be a backup if the gauges above are out. It is 20 miles downstream so the delay is probably 6 hours or more. To anticipate flow look for the gauge to be on its way up to go over at least 3 feet. 3.5 or 4 feet means it might be running. This correlation has not been verifed as of May 2017.
PLEASE POST YOUR PICNIC VISUALS AND THE DATE AND TIME IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW! The visual gauge is located on the US 441 bridge over the creek at Chimneys Picnic Area. It is located on the downstream side of the river left abutment of the bridge. The gauge changes frequently, so use your head.
Updated by Alex Harvey, May 2017.
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