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.
|CHEOAH RIVER NR BEARPEN GAP NR TAPOCO, NC|
|usgs-0351706800||400 - 2500 cfs||IV-V||00h37m||140 cfs (too low)|
|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 [NC]||Cheoah Pothole||n/a||Ken and Fran Strickland|
|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|
|Cheoah [NC]||(RM) Yard Sale from above||1240||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|
|88d02h35m||/Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [NC]||El Jefe Grande Returns!||1200 cfs||Dwight Nalbone|
|1y261d07h16m||/Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [NC]||Dennis Huntley at Bear Creek Falls||1100 cfs||Dennis Huntley|
|3y329d03h35m||/Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [NC]||Dwight Dropping Bear Creek Falls||1000 cfs||Dwight Nalbone|
|4y61d01h35m||@Cheoah Santeetlah Dam to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [NC]||Josh Holden styling Cheoah - Bear Creek Falls||850 cfs||Donald Holden|
|6y158d02h35m||/Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [NC]||2nd Drop on Creek Line||1000 cfs||Dwight Nalbone|
|6y158d02h35m||/Cheoah-Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch [NC]||Bear Creek- Creek Line||1000 cfs||Dwight Nalbone|