Tuckasegee River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Tuckasegee River Levels

June 15 2024

2,836 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-214.0 cfs (-13.02%) since yesterday
62.2% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Tuckasegee River was last observed at 1,430 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 2,836 acre-ft of water today; about 62% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 2,299 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2022-05-27 when daily discharge volume was observed at 43,830 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Tuckasegee River At Bryson City reporting a streamflow rate of 979 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Tuckasegee River At Sr 1172 Nr Cullowhee with a gauge stage of 5.35 ft. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Tuckasegee River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 2,116 ft, the Tuckasegee River At Sr 1172 Nr Cullowhee.

Last Updated 2024-06-15
Streamflow 1,430.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 62.2%
Maximum 43,830.0 cfs
2022-05-27

About the tuckasegee river


The Tuckasegee River is an important natural resource in western North Carolina, stretching 50 miles from its headwaters in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to its confluence with the Little Tennessee River. Historically, the river played a significant role in Cherokee culture and served as a source of food and transportation for early settlers. Today, the river supports a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, kayaking, and tubing. The river's hydrology is impacted by several large reservoirs, including Lake Glenville, Bear Creek Lake, and Fontana Lake, which was created by the Fontana Dam, the tallest dam east of the Rocky Mountains. These reservoirs provide hydroelectric power, flood control, and water supply for residents and industries in the region. Additionally, the Tuckasegee River Valley is home to several farms and vineyards, which benefit from the river's fertile soils and abundant water supply.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Tuckasegee River At Sr 1172 Nr Cullowhee
USGS 03508050
451 cfs 5.35 ft 79.68
Tuckasegee River At Barker's Creek
USGS 03510577
359 cfs 3.53 ft -1.1
Tuckasegee River At Bryson City
USGS 03513000
979 cfs 2.27 ft -4.95

Peak Annual Discharge

Tuckasegee River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Tuckasegee River Year Over Year Discharge


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