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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

The Cheoah River near Bearpen Gap near Tapoco, NC gauge is located at the bridge that marks the beginning of the lower section of the run.

Releases should range from 850 CFS to 1000 CFS but are often higher than the required amounts.

The river can be run at 4.15' / 670 cfs, but I would need at least 800 cfs to be willing to make the two hour drive from Asheville. As reflected in the ratings, the Cheoah gets harder as it rises.

5.0'/1500 cfs is a very exciting, challenging level providing a thrilling ride unlike anything else to be found in the Eastern US.

Levels over 6'/2800 cfs are probably too high for mere mortals on all but the middle section. These ratings are based on the river's current tree and brush-clogged status. If at some point some of these trees and brush are removed, easier lines will open up and the penalty for mistakes will be lower.

The upper section is reported to be very dangerous by a group that attempted a run at 6.8'/4000 cfs.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHEOAH RIVER NR BEARPEN GAP NR TAPOCO, NC
usgs-0351706800 400 - 2500 cfs IV-V 01h20m 501 cfs (running)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
400 -2500 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V

Report - Reports of Cheoah Santeetlah Dam to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch 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
Cheoah [NC] David in entrance 1100 Michael Brown
Cheoah [NC] Gnomad At Cheoah n/a Gnomad Boater
Cheoah [NC] Cheoah hero boof n/a Ryan Moore
Cheoah [NC] First Group down fhe falls on the second release ~1000 Michael Tavares
Cheoah River [NC] Cheoah Tree Removal n/a Ben VanCamp
Cheoah [NC] Sieve! n/a Boyd Ruppelt
Cheoah [NC] (RM) O'Henry's Parking 2 1200 Robert Maxwell
CheoahSanteetlah Dam to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [ ] Kirk Eddlemon on the middle line n/a Kirk Eddlemon
Cheoah [NC] The Big'un Real High 2500? Kevin Colburn
Cheoah [NC] Santeetlah Dam n/a Kevin Colburn
Cheoah [NC] Louie Wishes it would Rain medium Dale Perry
Cheoah [NC] Cheoah n/a Chris Bell
282d07h02m /Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [NC] Cheoah Pothole 0 cfs Ken and Fran Strickland
363d16h52m /Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch Bear Cr. 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
363d16h52m /Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch Jeb Going Vert 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
363d16h56m /Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch Jeb on Bear Cr 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
363d16h56m /Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch Paul on Bear Cr 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
363d16h56m /Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch Trip on Bear Cr. 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
363d16h56m /Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch From the Bridge 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
1y102d12h50m /Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [NC] Cheoah n/a Matt Jackson

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