French Broad River - Barnard


Barnard is put in to start the whitewater section of the French Broad River. This access is maintained by Madison County Parks and Recreation and is very popular with whitewater rafting companies, as well as whitewater boaters.

This site is part of the French Broad River Paddle Trail which connects over 140 miles of the French Broad River through paddle in only campsites and access sites. For more information including camp site reservations go to http://wnca.org/paddle/

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . French Broad Riverkeeper/Mountain True updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
2°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled weekly from 1 May to 31 September

SOURCE INFORMATION

The French Broad Riverkeeper, housed at the MountainTrue, monitors the French Broad River Watershed for E. coli, a bacteria found in the waste (feces) of most warm-blooded animals, including humans. High levels of E. coli can pose a health risk for people swimming in the water.

Participating volunteers take weekly water samples, and sites are listed as failing to meet water quality standards if they fall the samples are above EPA's recommended safe level for E. coli of 235 E. coli colonies per 100 milliliters of water. Volunteers take samples early each week, and results are posted on Thursday or Friday.

This sample data provides a general guide to the health of the waterway and should only be used for informational purposes. This data does not guarantee the sampled area is safe for swimming at all times.

Overall, E. coli levels in the French Broad River are low, and the river is typically safe for swimming. However, E. coli levels can change at any time and frequently increase after rain events. As a general rule, if the water is clear, then E. coli levels are likely to be low.

Please contact the French Broad Riverkeeper at hartwell@mountaintrue.org if you have questions. Please also contact us if you would like to volunteer to take water samples.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

French Broad River - Barnard


WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . French Broad Riverkeeper/Mountain True updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
2°C
Mostly clear

Barnard is put in to start the whitewater section of the French Broad River. This access is maintained by Madison County Parks and Recreation and is very popular with whitewater rafting companies, as well as whitewater boaters.

This site is part of the French Broad River Paddle Trail which connects over 140 miles of the French Broad River through paddle in only campsites and access sites. For more information including camp site reservations go to http://wnca.org/paddle/

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled weekly from 1 May to 31 September

SOURCE INFORMATION

The French Broad Riverkeeper, housed at the MountainTrue, monitors the French Broad River Watershed for E. coli, a bacteria found in the waste (feces) of most warm-blooded animals, including humans. High levels of E. coli can pose a health risk for people swimming in the water.

Participating volunteers take weekly water samples, and sites are listed as failing to meet water quality standards if they fall the samples are above EPA's recommended safe level for E. coli of 235 E. coli colonies per 100 milliliters of water. Volunteers take samples early each week, and results are posted on Thursday or Friday.

This sample data provides a general guide to the health of the waterway and should only be used for informational purposes. This data does not guarantee the sampled area is safe for swimming at all times.

Overall, E. coli levels in the French Broad River are low, and the river is typically safe for swimming. However, E. coli levels can change at any time and frequently increase after rain events. As a general rule, if the water is clear, then E. coli levels are likely to be low.

Please contact the French Broad Riverkeeper at hartwell@mountaintrue.org if you have questions. Please also contact us if you would like to volunteer to take water samples.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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