Gauge Description:

Visit Duke Energy's Recreation Release Forecast Page and select "Nantahala Area" from the dropdown menu to see the planned releases for the next 3 days. You can also check out the annual release calendar in a link on the right side of that same webpage.


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 power generation. 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.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NANTAHALA RIVER NEAR HEWITT, NC
usgs-03505550 450 - 2000 cfs II+(III) 00h16m ~ 2070 cfs (too high)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
450 -2000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II+(III) gauge is important or has warning

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