French Broad River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

French Broad River Levels

September 21 2023

9,105 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-77.4 cfs (-1.66%) since yesterday
48.6% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the French Broad River was last observed at 4,590 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 9,105 acre-ft of water today; about 49% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 9,446 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2021-08-18 when daily discharge volume was observed at 169,350 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the French Broad River Near Newport reporting a streamflow rate of 1,230 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the French Broad River At Blantyre with a gauge stage of 4.93 ft. This river is monitored from 7 different streamgauging stations along the French Broad River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 2,179 ft, the French Broad River At Rosman.

Last Updated 2023-09-21
Streamflow 4,590.3 cfs
Percent of Normal 48.6%
Maximum 169,350.0 cfs

About the french broad river

The French Broad River is a 218-mile long river that flows from Western North Carolina to East Tennessee. The river was named by early European settlers who found it to be a wide and free-flowing river. The river has a rich history, serving as a major transportation route for Native Americans and European settlers. The hydrology of the river is complex, with many tributaries contributing to its flow. The river supports several reservoirs and dams, including the Douglas Dam and the Asheville Reservoir. These reservoirs provide drinking water and hydroelectric power for the surrounding areas. The French Broad River is also a popular recreational spot, with activities like fishing, kayaking, and tubing. The river is also used for agricultural purposes, with farms in the surrounding areas using the river for irrigation.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
French Broad River At Rosman
USGS 03439000
79 cfs 1.97 ft -2.94
French Broad River At Blantyre
USGS 03443000
322 cfs 4.93 ft -4.17
French Broad River Near Fletcher
USGS 03447687
508 cfs 3.78 ft -5.4
French Broad River At Asheville
USGS 03451500
626 cfs 1.22 ft -4.57
French Broad River At Marshall
USGS 03453500
897 cfs 1.3 ft -8
French Broad River At Hot Springs
USGS 03454500
928 cfs 2.68 ft 14.29
French Broad River Near Newport
USGS 03455000
1230 cfs 1.59 ft -3.15

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