FLOWS & GAUGES

The French Broad is a free-flowing river, meaning that water levels can vary widely based on rainfall, season, and changes to surrounding topography and land cover. Generally, paddling is harder when the water is higher due to swifter currents and movement of debris. Check the weather before you go, and be prepared for an emergency by bringing a map, flashlight, extra clothes, and food and water. Notes on ranges of flows are only suggestions.

The French Broad is enjoyable within a wide range of flows depending on your experience level, watercraft selection, and section of river being paddled. Please contact us with questions about flows specific to your paddling plans. 

Mile 1: USGS GAUGE AT ROSMAN

(For downstream of Rosman, Minimum Flow: 75 CFS, Maximum: 500 CFS)

USGS Water-data graph for site 03439000

 

Mile 35: USGS GAUGE AT BLANTYRE

(Minimum Flow: 200 CFS)

USGS Water-data graph for site 03443000

 

Mile 53: USGS GAUGE AT FLETCHER

(Minimum Flow: 400 CFS)

USGS Water-data graph for site 03447687

 

Mile 72: USGS GAUGE AT ASHEVILLE

(Minimum Flow: 400 CFS)

USGS Water-data graph for site 03451500

 

Mile 91: USGS GAUGE AT MARSHALL

USGS Water-data graph for site 03453500

 

Mile 108: USGS GAUGE AT HOT SPRINGS

(For Section 9, Minimum Flow: 750 CFS, Maximum: 10,000 CFS)

USGS Water-data graph for site 03454500

 

Mile 140: USGS GAUGE AT NEWPORT

USGS Water-data graph for site 03455000