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AW in the SouthEast

AW is in the final stages of several epic projects that will change the way we paddle in the Southeast. Remarkable volunteer efforts and the financial support of AW members have made this work possible. We have recently summarized the past 10 years of our efforts in the Southeast in our 2006 Southeastern Stewardship Report.

Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

posted September 4, 2018
by Mark Singleton
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Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s throwdown. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world.

2018 Letter To Gauley Boaters From The NPS (WV)

posted August 21, 2018
by Mark Singleton
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American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. This letter will keep you up to date on important management actions of the National Park Service on the Gauley River. Enjoy your paddling season on this classic whitewater river. As in past years, American Whitewater has leased the field above Masons Branch, also known as the Legg field, for overflow parking.

Johnnies Creek Access Update (Summer 2018)

posted August 10, 2018
by Kevin Colburn
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AW has been in touch with True Adventure Sports, who have acquired access rights at the Mill Hole put in for Johnnies Creek. We are pleased to share an update the we worked with TAS to share with the paddling community. 

2018 Advanced Southeast Release Schedule Set!

posted January 7, 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. Check out the outstanding line up for 2018. 

Upper Nantahala and Cascades Releases (NC) – September 29-30, 2012

posted September 19, 2012
by Mark Singleton
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The Upper Nantahala River and Cascades releases mandated from FERC Relicensing of the Nantahala River will begin September 29-30, 2012. Endless Rivers Adventures and the Nantahala Outdoor Center will provide free shuttles to boat launch areas on the bypass sections. All paddlers and spectators are asked to use these shuttles as key access points will be closed to parking to provide for put-in and take-out locations on the river sections.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Boating Beta

posted July 1, 2009
by Mark Singleton
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Keep this number for assistance in the Great Smoky Mountains Nation Park - (865) 436-1230. This number connects to the Park Dispatch Office and should be used in non-emergency situations. For boaters who regularly paddle in the Park it is advisable to program the number in your cell phone.



Upcoming Events

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October 2018

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Cheoah Release
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Standard Saturday Cheoah Release1000-1000 cfs

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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

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Events
Nantahala River Releases Wesser,NC runs 03/10/08 - 03/01/13
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Pigeon Releases Hartford,TN runs 04/28/08 - 08/30/08
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Coosa Release Wetumpka,AL runs 05/31/10 - 05/31/15
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Ocoee #2, Middle Section Release Duckville,TN runs 03/15/08 - 10/28/12
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Ocoee #3, Upper Releases Duckville,TN runs 05/10/08 - 09/15/12
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French Broad Fall Fest Hot Springs,NC runs 09/22/12 - 09/22/12
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West Fork Tuck Gorge Release Glenville,NC runs 04/13/13 - 08/26/17
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Coosa Whitewater Festival Wetumpka,AL runs 05/02/14 - 05/04/14
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Upper Nantahala Release Topton, NC,NC runs 04/26/14 - 09/24/17
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Cheoah Release Robbinsville,NC runs 02/22/14 - 11/03/18, next 10/06/18
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Coosa River Whitewater Festival Wetumpka,AL runs 05/01/15 - 05/03/15
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Tallulah Tallulah Falls, GA,GA runs 04/01/17 - 04/22/18
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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release Glen Alpine,NC runs 04/28/18 - 10/28/18, next 09/21/18
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Associated Projects

  • Chattooga Headwaters (NC)
    The US Forest Service has banned boating on the upper 21 miles of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.
  • Cheoah River (NC)
    AW and regional paddling clubs spent 5 years relicensing the dam on the Cheoah and scored a huge environmental and recreational victory.
  • Clean Water Act
    American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
  • Little River Access (NC)
    AW worked with the Dupont State Forest to lift the Forest's prohibition on whitewater paddling. Boating became legal in 2002.
  • Tallulah Gorge (GA)
    The dams on Tallulah Gorge were among the first rivers in the Southeast to be relicensed and wow what a classic whitewater river it has become.
  • Tuckasegee Relicensing (NC)
    AW signed a settlement calling for new dam releases, sweeping conservation measures, new access, and the removal of Dillsboro Dam in North Carolina.

Associated Rivers