Dan River Water Level & Flow Information

For the stretch of the Dan river between Jessup's Mill and the boat landing in Eden North Carolina, there are only two water gauges to measure the flow and depth.

When looking at the USGS webpage, the area where you need to obtain your information for flow rate is located under "Daily Discharge, Cubit Feet Per Second" and read the "Most Instantaneous Value" to get your cubic feet per second.  The graph below the "Daily Discharge" shows you the depth of where the water was read - not the depth of the river itself.

Minimum flow level for recreational boating is 1.75'/150 cfs. For whitewater boating the recommended minimum is 2.0'/250 cfs on the Francisco gauge. At 3.5'/1,000 cfs and above on the Francisco gauge the river becomes quite dangerous and all but expert-level whitewater boaters should stay off the water.

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Upper Dan (above Hart's Access)

Dan River near Francisco, NC

"Middle Dan" (at Pine Hall Road Bridge)


Dan River at Pine Hall, North Carolina


View the different segments of the Dan River so you know how to plot your course for a fun day of kayaking!


View the information listed from the United States Geological Survey regarding water flow and depth for the Dan River


View my blog posts regarding our trips on the Dan River


View the different Outfitters for the Dan River for kayak and canoe rental as well as shuttles