How can I find out about current river conditions?
You can go to the USGS Real Time Stream Data page and scroll down to “Chowan River Basin” and for the lower Blackwater click on “Franklin” station, for the lower Nottoway click on the Sebrell station. Or you can go to the NOAA site for Franklin and for the Nottoway. For fishing the Nottoway is okay up to about 14′ on the height gauge and for the Blackwater up to 8′. The only time this is not so is in the spring when fishing for shad.