Gauge Description:

There are three gauges presently in place for North Chickamauga/Cain Creek. The first stop is checking at the take out. Upon entering the parking lot at the Bowater Pocket wilderness, take your first left and go to the lowest parking spots available. From here, take the trail to the right that follows to the gage. The trail is blazed with small orangs markers on trees and goes upstream about 50 yards. It ends on a couch sized rock with the gauge right below you. Minimum for the Cain Creek run is in the 1.8ft range. Max is up to you.

When you put on Cain Creek from Barker Camp Rd., notice the gauge at the first 90 degree bend to the right. This is a detailed meter gauge on a hemlock tree. 0.5-0.6 is the minimum. Above 1.4 it becomes hard to portage Vortex if you are planning on walking it. Max not know. Have heard of people getting quite trashed around 2.2.

Optimal levels from the USGS gauge are between 600 and 1000 cfs. 


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03566525 600 - 1200 cfs IV-V 9y60d18h44m 5.2 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
600 -1200 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
Cain Creek @Barker Camp Rd. to Bowater Parking lot [TN] Account of 11/25/19 n/a paul hubbard
Cain Creek [TN] vortex dry line right side view from cockpit n/a mark cumnock
Cain Creek [TN] Big Bang/Splat/Cain Falls/Above Vortex n/a Rob Scott
Cain creek [tn] Bottom drop of Drain Pipe n/a paul haines
cain creek [tn] .8top/6.5usgs/2.5tot andy mitchell
Cain Creek [TN] Enter Vortex .7 Daniel Talley
> 10 years Cain Creek [TN] Rapid on Cain Creek 865cfs Montlake kemper begley
> 10 years Cain Creek [TN] Peter's Piton n/a Sutton Bacon
> 10 years Cain Creek [TN] Big Splat 0.8 ft on Cain Jerry Jascomb