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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Runnable as low as 100 cfs but you gotta be really hardup. Ideal is from 250-400 cfs. The Watauga gets harder and harder the higher the flow. There aren't many boaters willing to run it over 650 cfs and those that do often portage some of drops (especially Hydro). The exception to this general rule is Stateline Falls, which is actually harder at very low levels than it is at moderate levels because the ankle-breaking rock just to the left of the landing zone becomes less padded. To find out what the Watauga is running, call the TVA at 800-238-2264 and press 3 or online at Boating Beta - My Flows or here. Note the Sugargrove gauge is upstream of the Gorge itself and can sometimes read low compared to actual conditions in the gorge due to feeder creeks downstream of the gauge.

IV to IV+(V-) (fun in a drought low) 100-150 cfs

IV to V- (low) 150-250 cfs
IV to V- (ideal) 250-400 cfs
IV+ to V (pushy) 400-650 cfs
V (screaming) over 650 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03479000 150 - 650 cfs IV+ 00h33m 231 cfs (running)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 100 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low IV-V Too low for reasonable whitewater outing.
100 - 150 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low IV "Fun in a drought" low.
150 - 250 cfs barely runnable-med runnable IV+ Low-boatable.
250 - 400 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable IV+ Moderate, probably ideal flows.
400 - 650 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV-V High, pushy flow.
650 -1000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High V High screaming flows.
1000 -60000 cfs somewhat High-extremely High V+ Extremely high (insane!) flows.

Report - Reports of Watauga 5. Guys Ford Bridge to AW Sherwood Horine Access 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.


When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Watauga [NC] Hydro entrance n/a Lee Timmons
Watauga [NC] n/a Lee Timmons
Watauga [NC] Stateline Falls 250? Matthew Christie
Watauga [NC] Let there be boof, and there was. 270 CFS Nathaniel Lesch-Huie
Watauga [NC] Stateline 240 Chris Roberts
Watauga [NC] Stateline n/a Chris Roberts
Watauga [NC] Hydro 275 Chris Roberts
Watauga [NC] Stateline Falls 280cfs Max Jones
Watauga [NC] Split Decision n/a wreeves
Watauga [NC] Lovin' it! 250cfs Dana Culbreth and Will Hanna
Watauga [NC] Hydro n/a Matt Muir
98d01h18m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake Stateline Falls from above 275 cfs Dennis Huntley
188d22h25m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [NC] Hydro on Watauga Gorge 0 cfs Dennis Huntley
190d03h26m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [NC] Dennis Huntley at Stateline Falls 0 cfs Dennis Huntley
190d03h26m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [NC] Hydro on the Watauta 0 cfs Dennis Huntley
190d03h50m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [NC] Hydro on the Watauga 0 cfs Dennis Huntley
2y25d04h43m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [NC] Dennis Huntley at Watauga Falls, aka Stateline 250 cfs Dennis Huntley
2y225d02h54m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] Dennis Huntley at Stateline 300 cfs Dennis Huntley
3y173d03h33m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State line Tyler Parker n/a Derek keaton
4y247d23h40m /Watauga-5. Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake [TN] State Line- 5/15/13- 315 CFS n/a John Dowse

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