Gauge Description:

There is a new gage for the Nantahala that was negotiated by American Whitewater and is provided by Duke Power. The gage is below the powerhouse so it will be influenced by generation, but the cascades provide almost all the water above generation. If you look at the hydrograph, it is fairly easy to figure out how much water is in the cascades. Power generation is typically around 700 cfs, and has a very blocky pattern on the hydrograph. Any additional flow is almost definately coming from the cascades reach. This is a new gage and we'll figure out a system for predicting flows soon. For now, note that the cascades is runnable quite low, but most folks prefer it between 200 and 500 cfs. So if Duke is generating, flows on the gage between 900 and 1200 are likely to be good flows on the cascades.

Runnable as low as you are willing, the Cascades quickly change demeanor at higher flows. At 400 cfs and above, they really start pumping, sometimes resulting in humiliating thrashings and epic swims.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NANTAHALA RIVER NEAR HEWITT, NC
usgs-03505550 875 - 1400 cfs IV-V 00h53m 94.4 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
875 -1400 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Nantahala @1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Account of 07/08/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
Nantahala @1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Account of 07/08/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
Nantahala @1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Account of 07/08/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
nanty cascades [NC] top of horns low alex brantley
Cascades of the Nantahala [NC] The Horns at extremely low water As low as it gets Boyd Ruppelt
Nantahala Cascades [NC] Big Kahuna Rail Grab "low" Boyd Ruppelt
Nantahala [NC] cascades normal Boyd Ruppelt
Cascades [NC] Kahuna n/a trevor stewart
Nantahalla [NC] First falls n/a wreeves
Nantahalla [NC] Cascades n/a wreeves
Nantahala [NC] Nanny Cascades n/a Matt Muir
1y42d06h22m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Dwight going "Big Kahuna" 425 cfs Dwight Nalbone
2y275d02h09m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Horns of God n/a John Dowse
2y275d02h10m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Horns of God n/a John Dowse
3y48d07h22m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Braaaping the Cascades 350 cfs Dwight Nalbone
4y47d08h52m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Passage through the Horns of God 400 cfs Dwight Nalbone
5y106d10h16m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Horns Dakota Rogers 0 cfs Derek keaton
7y51d07h43m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Horns of God 0 cfs John Dowse
8y225d03h22m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] DN Running Big Kahuna low runnable level Dwight Nalbone
8y239d01h37m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Dwight at Chinese Feet low runnable level Dwight Nalbone