River Gauge Data

Historic Gauge Data for the Little Tennessee River (CFS) at Needmore and Lake Fontana levels
Outdoorsman Triathlon Dates
Year CFS (Sat/Sun) Lake Fontana level (Sat/Sun)
1976 363 1643.35
1977 570 1659.72
1978 331/383 1649.84
1979 2550/2320 1678
1980 414/423 1648.12
1981 252/242 1651.06
1982 Unavailable 1660
1983 Unavailable 1648.53
1984 359/387 1653.41
1985 368/345 1626.14
1986 150/150 1632.15
1987 314/308 1660.71
1988 256/261 1651.91
1989 845/674 1681.74
1990 526/894 1619.59
1991 728/766 1681.03
1992 642/618 1689.1
1993 291/307 1658.79
1994 925/1030 1687.25
1995 492/469 1631.26
1996 3890/4520 1680.46
1997 727/618 1669.15
1998 255/240 1659.7
1999 146/142 1665/1664
2000 400/450 1642/1641
2001 425/400 1676.6/1676.3
2002 Relay only 1300 Relay only 1679
2003 771/815 1680/1680
2004 1330/1220 1700/1696
2005 636/616 1689/1688
2006 404/623 1687/1687
2007 188/182 1646/1646
2008 197/204 1670
2009 1300/3000 1690
2010 256/291 1682/1681
2011 581/380 1684/1683
2012 349/369 1685/1685
2013 574/535 1690/1690
2014 296/291 1681/1681
2015 561/349 1683/1683
2016 186/183 1677/1676
Notes: The Maze rapid section begins to become exposed when lake levels drop below 1690. The Narrows rapids are generally exposed once the lake level drops below 1670.
At lake levels below 1650, four sets of rapids are exposed below the Narrows.
At lake levels below 1640, the river extends beyond the Route 19 bridge.
For Fontana Lake level information go to http://Lakeinfo.tva.gov/ Then click on ‘Choose a Reservoir’ and then click on dropdown list and click on Fontana
For Little Tennessee stream guage information for the section of the Little T from Needmore down
go to http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv/?site_no=03503000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060