Gauge Description:

Delta Gauge

This is a flashy watershed and the Delta Gauge often does not accurately reflect the levels of the North Tyger. The Delta Gauge can be generally helpful. You normally want at least 550-600 cfs on the Delta Gauge. The problem is the gauge is approximately 35 miles or so down stream and the water flows out of the basin pretty fast. If the level is in the 1000-1500 cfs range, the level should be real good on the whitewater section.

Bridge Gauge

There is a gauge painted on the upstream side of the bridge piling at the put-in, on the I-26 side of the North Tyger. Absolute minimum is about -11". At that level the rapids are all runnable, but the choices of routes are limited. The flats require some real looking ahead for sandbars at that low level. Levels between -8 and about 0" are good low level runs. There is plenty of water. Between 0" and 1' are moderate levels on the river. Over about 1' the river starts really running. I have no information about running the river over about 1'. It is probably runnable at that level and some higher.

Local Information

If you are not familiar with the North Tyger, I suggest soliciting local information. For current information about river levels, email Jim Spears who has graciously agreed to be a local contact. Local rainfall is critical. Two sites to post a planned trip on or to request information are Carolina Paddlers Assembly and Upstate Paddling. You will have to join these groups to post but they are open to the public. You may pick up some local paddlers as well as the North Tyger is a popular local reach when it is running.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TYGER RIVER NEAR DELTA, SC
usgs-02160105 550 - 10000 cfs II(III) 01h04m 387 cfs (too low)
This is a flashy watershed and the Delta Gauge often does not accurately reflect the levels of the North Tyger.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
550 -10000 cfs 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
North Tyger [SC] North Tyger n/a wreeves
North Tyger [SC] Boof n/a wreeves
8y4d09h06m /Tyger, North-Route 231 to Route 113 [SC] Hugh, Tyger River Race n/a Hugh Barrow
8y4d09h08m /Tyger, North-Route 231 to Route 113 [SC] Hugh, Tyger River Race n/a Hugh Barrow
> 10 years /Tyger, North-Route 231 to Route 113 [SC] Trey Barrow Surfing a good level Hugh Barrow