Southeast Advanced Release Schedule Set for 2019!

posted December 4, 2018
by Kevin Colburn

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It is looking like another great year to be a paddler in the Southeast! Over the past two decades American Whitewater has worked with affiliate clubs and partners to negotiate an awesome array of scheduled releases on river reaches previously dewatered by hydropower dams. Each year we are part of a process to schedule these releases in an integrated manner that aims to maximize their recreational value. Below you'll find the schedule for 2019, and it is always a great idea to check on the power company's website for any updates on the Cheoah or West Fork Tuckasegee and Upper Nantahala (Select Nantahala and then see Bypass Schedule links on right). 

We'd like to share a special thank you to all the volunteers that help pull off Tallulah releases every year, NOC for the free shuttles on the Upper Nantahala, and the Forest Service for all their support around releases.

For every Class IV and V release we have negotiated in the region, we've also secured vastly more Class II and III releases on rivers like the Tuck, Nantahala, Catawba, and Hiwassee. So no matter what your skill level, we hope you have a great 2019 in the South!

February

  • 2/23: Cheoah @1000 8am-12pm, 600 12pm-5pm (note 2/24 is @ 200cfs)

March

  • 3/23: Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm, 600 4pm-12am
  • 3/24: Cheoah @600 12am-12pm, 300 12pm through 3/25

April

  • 4/6: Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm; Tallulah @ 500 8am-4pm
  • 4/7: Cheoah @1000 8am-2pm & 850 2pm-4pm; Tallulah @ 700 8am-4pm
  • 4/13: Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm; Tallulah @ 500 8am-4pm
  • 4/14: Cheoah @1000 8am-2pm & 850 2pm-4pm; Tallulah @ 700 8am-4pm
  • 4/20: West Fork Tuck @ 250 10am-4pm
  • 4/21: West Fork Tuck @ 250 10am-4pm
  • 4/27: Upper Nantahala / Cascades @ 250 10am-4pm; Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm
  • 4/28: Upper Nantahala / Cascades @ 350 10am-4pm; Cheoah @1000 8am-2pm & 850 2pm-4pm

May

  • 5/11: Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm
  • 5/12: Cheoah @1000 8am-2pm & 850 2pm-4pm
  • 5/18: Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm
  • 5/19: Cheoah @1000 8am-2pm & 850 2pm-4pm
  • 5/25: Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm
  • 5/26: Cheoah @1000 8am-2pm & 850 2pm-4pm

June

  • 6/8: West Fork Tuck @ 250 10am-4pm
  • 6/14: Upper Nantahala / Cascades @ 250 4pm-7pm
  • 6/22: Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm
  • 6/23: Cheoah @1000 8am-2pm & 850 2pm-4pm

July

  • 7/5: Upper Nantahala / Cascades @ 250, 4pm-7pm
  • 7/13: West Fork Tuck @ 250, 10am-4pm
  • 7/19: Upper Nantahala / Cascades @ 250, 4pm-7pm
  • 7/27: West Fork Tuck @ 250, 10am-4pm

August

  • 8/9: Upper Nantahala / Cascades @ 250, 4pm-7pm
  • 8/10: West Fork Tuck @ 250, 10am-4pm
  • 8/24: West Fork Tuck @ 250, 10am-4pm

September

  • 9/28: Upper Nantahala / Cascades @ 300, 10am-5pm
  • 9/29: Upper Nantahala / Cascades @ 425, 10am-3pm; @ 250 3pm-5pm

November

  • 11/2: Tallulah @ 500 8am-4pm
  • 11/3: Tallulah @ 700 8am-4pm
  • 11/9: Tallulah @ 500 8am-4pm; Cheoah @1000 8am-4pm
  • 11/10: Tallulah @ 700 8am-4pm
  • 11/16: Tallulah @ 500 8am-4pm
  • 11/17: Tallulah @ 700 8am-4pm

Have fun and be safe out there! If you do have fun, please consider donating to American Whitewater to help us do more work like this in the region.



Associated Rivers

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Nantahala [NC]
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