Watauga River at Valle Crucis Community Park

Banner Elk, North Carolina

Valle Crucis Community Park is a 28-acre recreation destination for High Country residents as well as visitors to the area. Valle Crucis Community Park is a nonprofit organization. 80% of our operating budget comes from donations from visitors like you. Please consider supporting this gem to help protect access for future generations.
The Watauga River runs along the Park’s northern boundary, and is home to world-class fly fishing. This portion of the Watauga is a delayed harvest trout stream, so be prepared to comply with fishing regulations. A North Carolina fishing license is required, and can be purchased from the Original Mast General Store, only 0.2 miles from the Park. Fishing is also allowed in Dutch Creek, which runs along the Park’s southern boundary.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 27th, 2019. MountainTrue Watauga Riverkeeper 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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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Watauga River at Valle Crucis Community Park is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Watauga Riverkeeper, housed at the MountainTrue, monitors the Watauga 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 exceed the EPA's recommended safe level for E. coli of 235 E. coli colonies per 100 ml 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 Watauga 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 Watauga Riverkeeper at andy@mountaintrue.org if you have questions. Please also contact us if you would like to volunteer to take water samples.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Watauga River at Valle Crucis Community Park

Banner Elk, North Carolina

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 27th, 2019. MountainTrue Watauga Riverkeeper 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:   

Valle Crucis Community Park is a 28-acre recreation destination for High Country residents as well as visitors to the area. Valle Crucis Community Park is a nonprofit organization. 80% of our operating budget comes from donations from visitors like you. Please consider supporting this gem to help protect access for future generations.
The Watauga River runs along the Park’s northern boundary, and is home to world-class fly fishing. This portion of the Watauga is a delayed harvest trout stream, so be prepared to comply with fishing regulations. A North Carolina fishing license is required, and can be purchased from the Original Mast General Store, only 0.2 miles from the Park. Fishing is also allowed in Dutch Creek, which runs along the Park’s southern boundary.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Watauga River at Valle Crucis Community Park is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Watauga Riverkeeper, housed at the MountainTrue, monitors the Watauga 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 exceed the EPA's recommended safe level for E. coli of 235 E. coli colonies per 100 ml 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 Watauga 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 Watauga Riverkeeper at andy@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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