Cheoah River

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Cheoah River
Tributary to Little Tennessee River
Cheoah River, Tapoco, NC Sept 2019.jpg
Cheoah River in Tapoco, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of Sweetwater and Tulula Creeks
 • locationRobbinsville, North Carolina
 • coordinates35°19′38.3196″N 83°48′7.635″W / 35.327311000°N 83.80212083°W / 35.327311000; -83.80212083
 • elevation1,993 ft (607 m)[1]
 • location
Little Tennessee River
 • coordinates
35°26′55.307″N 83°56′22.65″W / 35.44869639°N 83.9396250°W / 35.44869639; -83.9396250Coordinates: 35°26′55.307″N 83°56′22.65″W / 35.44869639°N 83.9396250°W / 35.44869639; -83.9396250
 • elevation
1,106 ft (337 m)[1]
Length18.16 mi (29.23 km)[2]
Basin size215.14 square miles (557.2 km2)[3]
 • locationLittle Tennessee River
 • average687.43 cu ft/s (19.466 m3/s) at mouth with Little Tennessee River[3]
Basin features
River systemLittle TennesseeTennesseeOhioMississippi
 • leftTulula Creek
Long Creek
Stillhouse Hollow
Massey Branch
Snowbird Creek
West Buffalo Creek
Charikus Branch
Farley Cove
Santeetlah Creek
Gold Mine Branch
Rock Creek
Laurel Branch
Persimmon Tree Branch
Falls Branch
Deep Creek
Frisby Branch
Barker Creek
Bear Creek
Otter Rock Branch
Yellowhammer Branch
 • rightSweetwater Creek
Mountain Creek
Ground Squirrel Branch
East Buffalo Creek
Gladdens Creek
Cochran Creek
Cochran Creek
Yellow Creek
Puncheon Camp Branch
Halfmile Branch
Meadow Branch
WaterbodiesSanteetlah Lake

The Cheoah River is a tributary of the Little Tennessee River in North Carolina in the United States.

It is located in Graham County in far western North Carolina, near Robbinsville, and is approximately 20 miles in length. Its headwaters are in the Appalachian Mountains where it flows northwest near Robbinsville, to the Lake Santeetlah and flows towards the Tennessee border with a terminus at the Little Tennessee between the Cheoah Dam and Lake Calderwood.

Variant names[edit]

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:[4]

  • Cheowa River
  • Cheowah River


  1. ^ a b "Cheoah River Topo Map, Graham County NC (Tapoco Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". US EPA. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Cheoah River Watershed Report". Waters Geoviewer. US EPA. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  4. ^ "GNIS Detail - Cheoah River". US Geological Survey. Retrieved 16 October 2019.