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Stream Conditions

Real time water flow data are available via the US Geological Survey website.  Data are available for the lower 48 states.  Many folks fish, canoe, raft, etc, these waters and often waters are a great gauge for other areas nearby.  Because I do a lot of teaching of beginners,  I post this info for students, customers, and visitors to our site and area so that they may make determinations on whether an area or river is fishable/marginal/safe or not safe to wade or float.  Also, rivers can be dangerous in changing conditions and not all rivers have gauges and the only way to get an idea of what a drainage might be like is to look at streams in the surrounding area and the general direction of weather systems.  An example of that is the New River drainage in Ashe and Alleghany Counties, NC….what happens on the New is a direct result of what happens upstream…the many tribs….Helton, Little Helton, Big Horse, Little East Fork Big Horse, Laurel Creek….all impact the flow in the main river.  Important…!!!!—-> In reading real time water flow data, note the amount of flow in cfs and compare the number with the top graph on the page.  The triangles indicate what normal seasonal flow for that time of the year is.  The amount or percentage above or below that line indicates the deviation from the norm.  For flows well below the line of triangles, this is indicative of abnormally dry conditions or moderate to severe and even in some cases extreme drought.  A straight vertical line ( upward) indicates a severe weather event with significant flooding, high water, and a straight downward line indicates falling water.  Fishing is generally good to excellent in the later phases of falling water while it is still a bit high and colored but not far from normal.  Some of these waters we guide on , some we do not.  We are  familiar with all of them.  We rely on these gauges and over 35 years of fishing experience to make decisions as to what constitutes safe fishing conditions.   While we rely on the data you still need to do some of your own research.   We are not responsible for the accuracy of gauges, nor the data they provide, they are managed by the USGS in some cases, the TVA, AEP, and the Army Corp of Engineers for others.  If you get to the place you have planned on fishing, and you have any doubts as to whether its safe to wade/float or not, let wisdom and common sense be your guide and go somewhere else.


USGS North Carolina main page
New River , South Fork  (Jefferson, NC)
Elk Creek,  (Elkville, NC)
Jacobs Fork Catawba River  (Ramsey,NC)
Linville River  (Nebo, NC)
South Toe River  (Celo, NC)
French Broad River (Marshall, NC)
Oconaluftee River  (Birdtown, NC)
Nantahala River  (Rainbow Springs, NC)
Davidson River  (Brevard, NC)
Mills River  (Mills River, NC)
Mitchell River  (State Rd, NC)
Fisher River  (Copeland, NC)
Dan River  (Francisco, NC)
Mayo River  (Price, NC)



USGS Virginia main page
Escatawba Farms /Dunlap Creek
Smith River /Martinsville, VA
Smith River/ Bassett, VA
Jackson River /Gathright Dam
James River (Buchanan)
South Fork Holston River (Chilhowie, VA)
South Fork Holston River (Damascus, VA)
Middle Fork Holston River (Chilhowie, VA)
North Fork Holston River (Saltville, VA)
Chestnut Creek  (Galax, VA)
South Mayo River  (Nettleridge, VA)


New River  (Galax, VA)
New River  (Ivanhoe, VA)
New River  (Allisonia, VA)
New River  (Radford, VA)

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior/USGS


New River Flows from Claytor to Glen Lyn

Data from American Electric Power



Roanoke River Roanoke Rapids/Weldon, NC

Roanoke River Halifax, NC

Roanoke River  Oak City, NC

Roanoke River  Jamesville, NC

Roanoke River  Hwy 45

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior/USGS





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Info /data for TVA provided by Tennessee Valley Authority for South Holston and Watauga

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