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Spring Tallulah releases reminders for '09

Posted: 04/02/2009

April 4, 5 and 11, 12
Saturdays at 500 cfs and Sundays at 700 cfs

With rain in the forecast for the southeast, Tallulah season is right around the corner!

Releases begin at 9:30 am and all boaters must start down the stairs by 3:00 pm to beat the flow down to the lake. You will need to sign a waiver at the top of the stairs to be permitted to paddle the river. Please continue to park across the road from the put-in for a $4.00 fee per vehicle, and remember that you must go under the bridge to cross the road.

Here are a few things to remember on your trip to the Tallulah:

1. NO SHUTTLES
Shuttles are not provided any longer at the Tallulah, requiring boaters to set their own shuttles at the takeout. Please carpool, do not overcrowd the takeout and park in designated spaces only. Due to the recent heavy rains in the north Georgia area this spring, the takeout parking area used by the boaters will be moved downstream to the Tugalo Campground.

2. DON'T TRAMPLE THE TRILLIUM
Keep boats and bodies on the steps, bedrock, or water at all times, especially at the bottom of the stairs, where some boaters jump the right rail or throw their boats vertically over the back of the platform. Also, keep your impact on the riverbank to a bare minimum in connection with scouting rapids.

3. NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED
Remember that alcohol is prohibited on all Georgia State Parks property.

4. NO MORE BOATER CAMPING
The Park has eliminated the boater camping lot. If you are making a trip into the area, please visit one of the nearby campgrounds.

5. PLEASE KEEP ALL DOGS ON LEASHES
All dogs must be kept on six-foot leashes. The owners of unattended dogs, dogs not on leashes, or of animals locked in cars that the park deems as hazardous will be ticketed.

6. VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
If you would like more information about Tallulah volunteering, please e-mail Bob Focht at bobfocht@yahoo.com.

7. AND FINALLY
Don't forget, there would be no releases in Tallulah Gorge if it were not for the hard work of the American Whitewater staff and volunteers. Please support American Whitewater.

For more information, please check out AW’s Tallulah Gorge StreamTeam Page

American Whitewater
Mark Singleton
PO Box 1540
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828-586-1930
Fax: 828-586-2840


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