Gauge Description:

The Cheoah River near Bearpen Gap near Tapoco, NC gauge is located at the bridge that marks the beginning of the lower section of the run.

Releases should range from 850 CFS to 1000 CFS but are often higher than the required amounts.

The river can be run at 4.15' / 670 cfs, but I would need at least 800 cfs to be willing to make the two hour drive from Asheville. As reflected in the ratings, the Cheoah gets harder as it rises.

5.0'/1500 cfs is a very exciting, challenging level providing a thrilling ride unlike anything else to be found in the Eastern US.

Levels over 6'/2800 cfs are probably too high for mere mortals on all but the middle section. These ratings are based on the river's current tree and brush-clogged status. If at some point some of these trees and brush are removed, easier lines will open up and the penalty for mistakes will be lower.

The upper section is reported to be very dangerous by a group that attempted a run at 6.8'/4000 cfs.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHEOAH RIVER NR BEARPEN GAP NR TAPOCO, NC
usgs-0351706800 400 - 2500 cfs IV-V 17h04m 142 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
400 -2500 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning

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