There is a painted "RC" gauge on the Rt. 56 bridge over the North Fork Tye (about 100 yards below the church put-in). The gauge is painted on the downstream river-right piling. The riverbottom sediment changes here from time to time, which can throw off the gauge correlation. Currently a level of 2.25' on this painted gauge is probably a fair minimum level for the Upper Tye. Please feel free to post comments below on your own observations about flow levels or hazards.
The online USGS "Tye River near Lovingston" is farther downstream but is a good barometer for flow in the Upper Tye. A decent minimum flow to look for is around 250-500 cfs but it is probably possible to have fun at lower flows as well. Upper flows will, of course, vary depending on skill levels and other factors. Use your judgement.
|TYE RIVER NEAR LOVINGSTON, VA|
|usgs-02027000||250 - 10000 cfs||III-IV||01h00m||45.2 cfs (too low)|
Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.
|3y245d22h37m||/Tye-1. Nash (Route 56) to Tye River (US 29) [VA]||1200 CFS||n/a||Burgdorf|
|3y245d22h38m||/Tye-1. Nash (Route 56) to Tye River (US 29) [VA]||1200 CFS||n/a||Burgdorf|
|3y245d22h42m||/Tye-1. Nash (Route 56) to Tye River (US 29) [VA]||Account of 02/13/16||n/a||Burgdorf|
|> 10 years||Upper Tye [VA]||Even More Tye Fun||2.5'||Ryan Emanuel|