Gauge Description:

Much of the flow for BSF comes from New River which drains the Cumberland Mountains north of Oak Ridge and Clinton, Tennessee. When hard rains hit that area, look for BSF to be running the next day.

When running shuttle to the Leatherwood Ford take-out, there is an electronic gage in the gazebo that you can checkout for the latest flow information.

Several of the rapids get more difficult at levels below 1,000 cfs such as Double Drop, Washing Machine, The Ell, and others while large wave-trains form at around 3,000 cfs.
This run has even been paddled at levels above 10,000 cfs. I know of one group who ran it at around 50,000 cfs. Just remember that the river changes character considerably at these higher levels and a swim could potentially be long and very dangerous.


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SOUTH FK CUMBERLAND RIVER AT LEATHERWOOD FORD, TN
usgs-03410210 400 - 5000 cfs II-IV 01h15m ~ 1740 cfs (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
400 -5000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-IV 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
Cumberland, Big South Fork [TN] ells cheese grater rock ~750 cfs christopher neglia
Cumberland, Big South Fork [TN] Delbert Carter in cayon section ?1200? troy fultz
Big South Fork of the Cumberland [TN] Ell 1500 Sean Camp
Cumberland, Big South Fork [TN] Ever catch both eddies in Double Drop? 2,400 Karl Whipp
Cumberland, Big South Fork [TN] Big South Fork Canyon ? Karl Whipp
Big South Fork [TN] Mark at The El with his head up his hung-over ass ;) 700-750 cfs Karl Whipp
Big South Fork of the Cumberland [TN] Hand of God ~1200 cfs Brandon Hughett
Big South Fork [TN] Dave Wilson caught in the hole at Rion's Eddy 1200 Brandon Hughett
Big South Fork [TN] Jake's Ledge Hole ~1200cfs Brandon Hughett
Cumberland, Big South Fork [TN] Google Map of Big South Fork n/a Brandon Hughett
Cumberland, Big South Fork [TN] Dave Wilson caught in the hole at Ass Kicker 1,200 cfs Gordon Byrd
Cumberland, Big South Fork [TN] Adam Thomas running Double Drop Rapid 1000 cfs Gordon Byrd
Big South Fork of the Cumberland [TN] Big snake in the Canyon n/a Dale Perry
Big South Fork [TN] Canyon Rapid n/a Matt Muir
Big South Fork of the Cumberland [TN] Kayaker Pinned in Double Drop ~750 CFS david luinstra
131d21h57m /Cumberland, Big South Fork-Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork to Bridge at [TN] The Ell is always dynamic 1000 cfs Karl Whipp
131d22h05m /Cumberland, Big South Fork-Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork to Bridge at [TN] Double Drop 400 cfs Karl Whipp
131d22h18m /Cumberland, Big South Fork-Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork to Bridge at [TN] Spring in BSF Canyon n/a Karl Whipp
131d22h18m /Cumberland, Big South Fork-Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork to Bridge at [TN] Ass Kicker low runnable level Karl Whipp
131d22h19m /Cumberland, Big South Fork-Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork to Bridge at [TN] Double Drop low runnable level Karl Whipp