Tuckasegee, North Carolina, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|TUCKASEGEE RIVER AT BARKER'S CREEK, NC|
|usgs-03510577||500 - 5000 cfs||II-III||01h32m||264 cfs (too low)|
Put-In There is a new put-in with a large parking area and restrooms on North
River Road. Turn off of Rt. 441 onto North River Road. The old one under the bridge in Dillsboro
can still be used if you wish to bypass the first rapid. The old put in is a public access area
and it's status has not changed, in spite of there being other access. This information has
been confirmed with the City of Dillsboro.
Take-Out There is a new take-out for this reach. The new take-out is 0.3 miles downstream from the old take-out at Tuckasegee Outfitters. Please use this new take-out. The new owner of Tuckasegee Outfitters requests private boaters to use the new takout to free up his parking lot for rafting and tubing customers. The new Duke takeout has a paved and gravel parking lot in addition to a concrete ramp. There are currently no bathrooms or changing facilities.
***As of 7/7/13 Tuckasegee Outfitters has placed signs stating they will tow private boater vehicles that park in their lot. Even if you are purchasing a shuttle the new owner has indicated that he does not wish you to park in his lot.***
Smoky Mountain River Adventures 828-586-5285
Dillsboro River Company 828-586-3797
Tuckasegee Outfitters 888-593-5050
As of July 14, 2013, these outfitters have indicated they provide shuttle services for private boaters. It is advisable to call first to confirm the availability and cost of shuttles for your particular trip.
The Tuck is a fun little river and an excellent place to learn to paddle or work on skills. There are many places to practice eddy turns, ferries and peel outs without serious consequences. The minimum "fun" level is about 450-500 cfs with 800-1500 cfs being a nice level that covers up most of the shallow sections, without being too pushy. The rapids are wave trains/holes with good pools below to recover boats and swimmers.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Duke Put In||N/A|
|5.0||Barkers Creek Bridge||N/A|
Ledge exposed by the removal of Dillboro Dam. Can be run in several places. The two most popular lines are slightly left of center over a toungue with a drop or far river right. Be careful of the right line as it is shallow and rocky after the diagonal wave. Scouting is recommended for first timers. The rapid is shallow in many areas, so a flip might get you scraped up.
Can be easily scouted from river right on the way to the put in or from river left on shore.
The rapid can easily be portaged on river left.
This rapid is given an easy Class III rating due to being shallow at normal flows with some consequences if you flip.
Starts below the railroad bridge. Usually run starting left and keeping left over the first small ledge. Then, working back right to the middle of the river. 1st hole is right below.
Good play hole at some lower levels. Good eddy hopping practice, too. The hole can be skirted to the left or right.
A lot like 1st hole, but there is an undercut rock on the right side. Nothing major, just be aware.Prudential Rock is at the top of the rapid and can be run on the left or right.
Pretty long rapid. Best run against the left bank. There are several side stream eddies on river left for eddy hopping practice as well as some in the center for ferrying practice.
This one has some of the biggest waves on the river. Fun play waves at low levels. Theres a good boof at the second drop. The wave train below the second drop is a good place to practice your roll in whitewater. The is a small eddy at top center of the first drop for trying your eddy catching skills. It gets smaller and more challenging as flows increase.
As the name implies...slings boats from left to right. Pretty straight foward though. Swirly eddy line on bottom left.
Small hole in the middle of a long set of shoals.
Fun surf at higher levels. Occurs in a set of shoals also.
Last rapid on the Tuck. Nothing major though. Usually run on right side.
Take out on river right about a quarter mile past the bridge at the new Duke takeout.
Dillsboro Dam Removal Approved
July 23, 2007
Comments Needed Supporting Dillsboro Dam Removal (NC)
October 17, 2007
Water Quality Permit Issued for Dillsboro Dam Removal
December 7, 2007
Tuckasegee Delays Explained
January 11, 2008
24th Annual Tuckasegee River Clean-Up on April 19, 2008
March 12, 2008
FERC Clears Way for Dillsboro Dam Removal
May 5, 2008
Dillsboro Dam two steps closer to removal
January 9, 2009
County To Attempt Dillsboro Dam Takeover (NC)
June 10, 2009
Judge Grants Permission for Dillsboro Dam Removal (NC)
January 12, 2010
Quick Video Update on Dillsboro Dam Removal (NC)
February 4, 2010
Dillsboro Dam Removal (NC) Complete
March 19, 2010
nantahala tuckasegee update (NC)
October 18, 2010
Tuckasegee Dams Get New Federal Licenses!
May 6, 2011