Gauge Description:

The gage at Burrell's Ford bridge is approximately six miles downstream of the takeout.  There are two staff gages now that the USGS installed a full gaging station.  The one on the upstream piling is the one linked to the internet.  A reading on the upstream gage of 1.8 is approximately equal to the arbitrary FS minimum level of 350 cfs.  Minimum boatable levels are around 1.5 ft and upper limits are likely around 2.8 ft on the upper gage.

Correlation information is needed to develop better guidelines. If you are visiting Burrell's Ford, please report readings on the upstream staff gage below the bridge (date, time, level) on the SC side using the "Add a Comment" button at the bottom of this page.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHATTOOGA RIVER AT BURRELLS FORD, NR PINE MTN, GA
usgs-02176930 350 - 1200 cfs IV-V 00h58m 89.8 cfs (too low)
gauge class Due to an arbitrary decision by the Forest Service, the river is not boatable unless the river has previously exceeded 350 cfs the same day.

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 350 cfs extremely Low-barely Low IV-V gauge is important or has warning Due to an arbitrary decision by the Forest Service, the river is not boatable unless the river has previously exceeded 350 cfs the same day.
350 -1200 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III-V gauge is important or has warning
350 - 500 cfs barely runnable-perfect runnable III-V gauge is important or has warning Due to an arbitrary decision by the Forest Service, the river is not boatable unless the river has previously exceeded 350 cfs the same day.
1000 -1200 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning
1200 -2000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High IV-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Above 1500 it may not be possible to stop above the Log Jamb or portage at the end of the allyway

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
@Chattooga Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 06/26/19 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 06/26/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 06/26/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 06/26/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 06/26/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
@Chattooga Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge n/a Kevin Colburn
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 06/04/19 n/a Brian and Maria Jacobson
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 06/04/19 n/a Brian and Maria Jacobson
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 05/08/19 n/a Kevin Colburn
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 03/09/19 n/a Matt Jackson
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 03/04/19 n/a Matt Jackson
Chattooga @Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 03/03/19 n/a Matt Jackson
@Chattooga Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Beast Above 0 cfs Brian and Maria Jacobson
@Chattooga Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge Beast below 0 cfs Brian and Maria Jacobson
[ ] Sec. 00 Gorge n/a brian nelson
Chattooga [NC] Headwaters Trespassing Sign n/a Ben VanCamp
Chattooga [NC] Chattooga Headwaters n/a Kevin Colburn
5y222d19h05m @Chattooga Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 01/13/14 0 cfs Brian and Maria Jacobson
5y222d19h13m @Chattooga Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Account of 01/13/14 0 cfs Brian and Maria Jacobson
5y223d01h11m @Chattooga Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge [NC] Whoa Nelly! 0 cfs Brian and Maria Jacobson