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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.

Dam on North Carolina's Green River to be Sold

posted May 16, 2018
by Kevin Colburn
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Earlier today Duke Energy announced the pending sale of five hydropower dams in western North and South Carolina to Northbrook Energy. The pending sale includes the Tuxedo Hydropower Project, which regulates flows in the popular Green River below Lake Summit. Recreational releases and flow information will be continued under new ownership through a non-regulatory approach based on collaboration with American Whitewater and other leaders in the paddling community. 

Ocoee Decision Signed - Releases to Continue! (TN)

posted May 16, 2018
by Kevin Colburn
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Earlier today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released their decision and accompanying final analysis regarding the future of dam releases on the wildly popular Ocoee River. TVA decided to provide a flow schedule nearly identical to the current schedule on both the Middle and Upper Ocoee. Doing so will foster the robust recreation-based economy that relies on the river, and will protect existing ecological and recreational values. 

AW Secures Grant for NC Forest Planning Collaborative

posted March 13, 2018
by Kevin Colburn
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American Whitewater is pleased to share that we were recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to support professional facilitation for the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership. The Partnership is made up of a diverse range of regional interest groups working together to create a shared vision for the future management of the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests.

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. 

Cancelled 2017 Spring Tallulah Releases Rescheduled

posted June 22, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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Earlier this year, Georgia Power cancelled two weekends of recreational releases on Tallulah Gorge because of emergency mechanical repairs required on the dam's gates. Representatives of the Atlanta Whitewater Club, American Whitewater, Georgia Canoeing Association, Georgia Power, and the Tallulah Gorge State Park met in May to discuss rescheduling the releases. Agreement was reached and recently finalized, based on a suite of constraints, to make the lost releases up on December 9 and 10, 2017 and April 21 and 22, 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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May 2018

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

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

Cheoah Release
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Standard Sunday Release: 8am to 2pm @ 1000, 2pm to 4pm @ 850850-1000 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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Cheoah Release
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Standard Saturday Cheoah Release1000-1000 cfs

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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Cheoah Release
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Standard Sunday Release: 8am to 2pm @ 1000, 2pm to 4pm @ 850850-1000 cfs

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

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

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Cheoah Release
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Standard Sunday Release: 8am to 2pm @ 1000, 2pm to 4pm @ 850850-1000 cfs

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 05/26/18
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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 05/25/18
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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