Watauga River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Watauga River Levels

September 27 2023


Discharge Volume Today
+29.6 cfs (+6.4%) since yesterday
97.93% of Normal 2 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Watauga River was last observed at 492 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 976 acre-ft of water today; about 98% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 503 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2020-02-06 when daily discharge volume was observed at 12,870 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Watauga River At Elizabethton reporting a streamflow rate of 444 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Watauga River, with a gauge stage of 3.03 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 2 different streamgauging stations along the Watauga River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 2,613 ft, the Watauga River Near Sugar Grove.

Last Updated 2023-09-27
Streamflow 492.2 cfs
Percent of Normal 97.93%
Maximum 12,870.0 cfs

About the watauga river

The Watauga River is a tributary of the Tennessee River that runs for approximately 78 miles through North Carolina and Tennessee. The river was historically used by Native American tribes as a source of food and transportation. Today, it is a popular spot for recreational activities such as fishing, kayaking, and rafting. The river's hydrology is affected by several reservoirs and dams, including the Watauga Dam, which was constructed in the early 1940s for hydroelectric power generation and flood control. The reservoir behind the dam, known as Watauga Lake, is a popular spot for boating and fishing. The river is also used for irrigation in agricultural areas along its banks.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Watauga River Near Sugar Grove
USGS 03479000
48 cfs 1.51 ft -2.82
Watauga River At Elizabethton
USGS 03486000
444 cfs 3.03 ft 7.51

Peak Annual Discharge

Watauga River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Watauga River Year Over Year Discharge

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