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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
usgs-0351706800 400 - 2500 cfs IV-V 00h37m 140 cfs (too low)

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.


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 [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

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