Gauge Description:

The online gauge reads differently than the paddler's gauge on the US 76 Bridge. Most local paddlers refer to the bridge gauge.

The online gauge reads about .15 higher than the bridge gauge at 2 feet, about .25 higher below two feet and the same at about 2.8 feet.

Many long stretches of Section 3 are wide and shallow at low water and this can make for a long day on the river. At levels below 1.8 or so on the bridge is it scrapy. At levels of about 1.2 on the internet guage it can be intolerable. See alternative river itineraries below.

This section can certainly be run above 3', by experienced paddlers familar with Section 3. Pay particular attention to areas like Sandy Ford at high water.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHATTOOGA RIVER NEAR CLAYTON, GA
usgs-02177000 1.20 - 3.00 ft II-III+(IV) 00h29m 1.36 ft (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1.20 -3.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable II-III+(IV) gauge is important or has warning

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