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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

There is a new gage for the Nantahala that was negotiated by American Whitewater and is provided by Duke Power. The gage is below the powerhouse so it will be influenced by generation, but the cascades provide almost all the water above generation. If you look at the hydrograph, it is fairly easy to figure out how much water is in the cascades. Power generation is typically around 700 cfs, and has a very blocky pattern on the hydrograph. Any additional flow is almost definately coming from the cascades reach. This is a new gage and we'll figure out a system for predicting flows soon. For now, note that the cascades is runnable quite low, but most folks prefer it between 200 and 500 cfs. So if Duke is generating, flows on the gage between 900 and 1200 are likely to be good flows on the cascades.

Runnable as low as you are willing, the Cascades quickly change demeanor at higher flows. At 400 cfs and above, they really start pumping, sometimes resulting in humiliating thrashings and epic swims.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NANTAHALA RIVER NEAR HEWITT, NC
usgs-03505550 875 - 1400 cfs IV-V 00h52m 762 cfs (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
875 -1400 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V

Report - Reports of Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
nanty cascades [NC] top of horns low alex brantley
Cascades of the Nantahala [NC] The Horns at extremely low water As low as it gets Boyd Ruppelt
Nantahala Cascades [NC] Big Kahuna Rail Grab "low" Boyd Ruppelt
Nantahala [NC] cascades normal Boyd Ruppelt
Cascades [NC] Kahuna n/a trevor stewart
Nantahalla [NC] First falls n/a wreeves
Nantahalla [NC] Cascades n/a wreeves
Nantahala [NC] Nanny Cascades n/a Matt Muir
249d21h08m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Horns of God n/a John Dowse
249d21h09m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Horns of God n/a John Dowse
1y23d01h21m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Braaaping the Cascades 350 cfs Dwight Nalbone
2y22d02h51m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Passage through the Horns of God 400 cfs Dwight Nalbone
3y81d04h15m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Horns Dakota Rogers 0 cfs Derek keaton
5y26d01h42m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Horns of God 0 cfs John Dowse
6y199d21h21m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] DN Running Big Kahuna low runnable level Dwight Nalbone
6y213d19h36m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Dwight at Chinese Feet low runnable level Dwight Nalbone
6y213d19h41m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] DN running Big Kahuna low runnable level Dwight Nalbone
6y213d19h44m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] DN on Horns of God low runnable level Dwight Nalbone
6y295d03h36m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Chinese Feet 150 cfs Gavin Fay
6y299d00h21m @Nantahala 1. Cascades: FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge [NC] Big Kahuna Final Drop 150 cfs Gavin Fay

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