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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length Miles
Flow Range 225 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 738 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/13/2004 12:35 pm

River Description

Put-in below Brown Mountain Beach.
Take-out on Johns River at the 1438 Bridge.

Mostly class 2 water with some small ledges.

For more Info see Carolina Whitewater, Benner & Benner. Menasha Ridge Press.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Wilsons Creek gauge is on the river left bridge piling at Adako Road.

Another usable gauge is Johns River at Arneys Store. This will give you a water level for the Johns River near the take-out.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

No Accident Reports



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A Close Look at Cheoah River Fatalities

Charlie Walbridge

The recent death of Chris Clark at Python Rapid on North Carolina's Cheoah River is the third at this site in the last six years. In each case, the person who died was an expert paddler and their paddling partners did not see exactly what happened. Let's take a close look at the Cheoah below Bear Creek Falls and develop strategies for future runs. The river here is very fast and continuous. After a fast lead-in (Chaos), the river drops over Bear Creek Falls, a 12' drop. Below, most of the flow pushes toward the river right channel (Python). Ferrying over to the easier river left channel (the West Prong) requires careful boat control. Python itself contains several nasty holes and sieves, with a bad hole blocked by a boulder at the bottom. There is a good route through it, but paddlers need to plan their route carefully. Scouting is a good idea for first timers, although catching eddies and getting out is not  going to be easy. Groups need to stay together.. The rapid is tough enough that you can't watch your buddy all the time, but you can be ready to help if needed. Click through for links to the accident reports, photos, and comments from expert Cheoah River paddlers. (Photo above by Boyd Ruppelt)

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Catawba River Access Enhancements to Begin (NC/SC)

Kevin Colburn

Federal regulators recently gave Duke Energy the green light to move forward on the Catawba-Wateree recreation management plan. The plan includes public recreation requirements and agreements included in the new 40-year license FERC issued in 2015 for the Catawba-Wateree’s Hydroelectric Project. The project encompasses nearly 1,800 miles of shoreline along 11 reservoirs and multiple river reaches in nine counties in North Carolina and five in South Carolina. Projects include new picnic facilities, fishing piers, swim beaches, campgrounds, expanded parking, restrooms and additional boating access areas.

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Wilson Creek Development Proposal Withdrawn!

Kevin Colburn

The proposal to build over 200 homes on 650 acres bordering North Carolina's Wild and Scenic Wilson Creek has been withdrawn.  The land has not been sold, and will be retained by its owner at least temporarily.  In response, the Caldwell County public hearing originally scheduled for Monday, August 27th has been canceled.  Public support for protection may ultimately lead to protection of this land. 
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Wilson Creek Hearing on Development

Kevin Colburn

As AW recently reported, a large development is being planned on the banks of North Carolina's Wild and Scenic Wilson Creek.  The Caldwell County Commissioners will decide whether or not to approve the development at a public meeting being held on Monday, August 27th, at 6pm, at 905 West Avenue in downtown Lenoir.
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Development Proposed on Wilson Creek (NC)

Kevin Colburn

A large housing development is in the early planning stages for the banks of North Carolina's Wild and Scenic Wilson Creek.  The development, as planned, would lead to roughly 250 homes being built near the Creek on a 650 acre private lot that encompasses nearly 2 miles of Wilson Creek.

Wes Yow


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