Gauge Description:

There is a gauge on the Hwy 68 bridge. Zero is paddling zero, 3 inches is nice, and 6 inches is getting sizeable. A foot would bump the rating up a bit.
Alternatively, if the Tellico is at 3 feet, then this is very likely runnning, depending on rainfall patterns.
The watershed is 21 square miles and flat up top, so it runs quite frequently. An inch of rain will get it going for the day.
Check out this rain gauge

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TELLICO RIVER AT TELLICO PLAINS, TN
usgs-03518500 3.00 - 5.50 ft III-IV(V) 00h42m 1.02 ft (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
3.00 -5.50 ft barely runnable-high runnable III-IV(V) gauge is important or has warning

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