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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.

Agencies Consider New River Dries & AW Proposal (WV)

posted January 4, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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Federal decision makers are accepting comments on their plans for the New River Dries until January 8th. American Whitewater has proposed a schedule of 41 annual releases that will be great for the river, paddlers, and other stakeholders. Individuals are encouraged to comment, as are clubs and businesses. 

Advanced Southeast Releases Set for 2017!

posted January 4, 2017
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. Enjoy these incredible opportunities, and be safe out there!

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.



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Events
Cheoah Release Robbinsville,NC runs 02/22/14 - 11/04/17, next 04/22/17
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Coosa River Whitewater Festival Wetumpka,AL runs 05/01/15 - 05/03/15
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West Fork Tuck Gorge Release Glenville,NC runs 04/13/13 - 08/26/17, next 04/08/17
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Coosa Release Wetumpka,AL runs 05/31/10 - 05/31/15
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Ocoee #3, Upper Releases Duckville,TN runs 05/10/08 - 09/15/12
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Nantahala River Releases Wesser,NC runs 03/10/08 - 03/01/13
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French Broad Fall Fest Hot Springs,NC runs 09/22/12 - 09/22/12
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Ocoee #2, Middle Section Release Duckville,TN runs 03/15/08 - 10/28/12
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Tallulah Tallulah Falls, GA,GA runs 04/01/17 - 11/19/17, next 04/01/17
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Upper Nantahala Release Topton, NC,NC runs 04/26/14 - 09/24/17, next 06/16/17
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Pigeon Releases Hartford,TN runs 04/28/08 - 08/30/08
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Coosa Whitewater Festival Wetumpka,AL runs 05/02/14 - 05/04/14
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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