Gauge Description:

Low 200 cfs, High 1200 cfs. At high water this is a fun bouncy run for experienced paddlers who decide they don’t want to have an epic on the Ledges section. Flow available at 1-900-288-8732.

Gauge: conversion table, feet to cfs

1.0   66    3.5   998    8.0     4100
2.0  330    4.0  1250    9.0     5400
2.2  403    4.5  1515   10.0     7308
2.5  526    5.0  1800   11.0     9608
2.7  618    6.0  2400   12.0   12,330
3.0  770    7.0  3150   13.0   15,520  

To find the gauge:
As you head out of Tellico Plains on Highway 165 look for Highway 360 which turns to the left across the river. Immediately after you cross the river take the first right. The concrete gauge tower is a short distance upstream of the bridge on river right. You can scramble down to read the staff gauge on the outside.

Then you have to turn around, go back to the bridge, cross the river, and head back upstream on the other side to get to the take-out.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TELLICO RIVER AT TELLICO PLAINS, TN
usgs-03518500 1.40 - 4.00 ft II-III 01h05m 1.03 ft (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1.40 -4.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable II-III 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
Tellico River [TN] (RM) 1st rapid below Put-In 700 Robert Maxwell
Tellico [TN] Bounce Off Boulder - Tellico ~3ft Chris Gorman
4y134d11h20m /Tellico-3. Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station [TN] Visual on Bridge 8.60 ft whudgens
4y134d15h05m /Tellico-3. Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station [TN] Visual on Bridge 7.60 ft whudgens
> 10 years Middle Tellico Account of 10/30/09 0.30 ft Jim Knowles
> 10 years Middle Tellico Account of 10/30/09 0.30 ft Jim Knowles
> 10 years Tellico [TN] Put-in 2.5 James Locke
> 10 years /Tellico-3. Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station Lower Tellico 3.1' Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Middle Tellico Middle Tellico 2.8 ft Jason Mann
> 10 years Middle Tellico [TN] James Locke & James Cornett Bridge rapid 1.68 James Locke
> 10 years Tellico-3 [Tn] Open Boat Boogie 320cfs+/- Connie Logsdon