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.

article photo 2

Southeast Advanced Release Schedule Set for 2019!

Posted: 12/04/2018
by Kevin Colburn

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 help schedule these releases in an integrated manner that aims to maximize their recreational value. Read on to see the great line up for 2019! 

article photo 2

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

Posted: 09/04/2018
by Mark Singleton

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.

article photo 2

2018 Letter To Gauley Boaters From The NPS (WV)

Posted: 08/21/2018
by Mark Singleton

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.

article photo 2

Johnnies Creek Access Update (Summer 2018)

Posted: 08/10/2018
by Kevin Colburn

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. 

article photo 2

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

Posted: 09/19/2012
by Mark Singleton

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.

article photo 1

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Boating Beta

Posted: 07/01/2009
by Mark Singleton

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

Calendar Control Date:
Calendar by Date by Title

November 2019

S M T W T F S
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
Tallulah
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Saturday releases @ 500500-500 cfs

3
Tallulah
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Sundays @ 700700-700 cfs

4
5
6
7
8
9
Tallulah
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Saturday releases @ 500500-500 cfs

10
Tallulah
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Sundays @ 700700-700 cfs

11
12
13
14
15
16
Tallulah
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Saturday releases @ 500500-500 cfs

17
Tallulah
08:00 am -4:00 pm est
Sundays @ 700700-700 cfs

18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

Events
Nantahala River Releases Wesser,NC runs 03/10/08 - 11/14/18
[+] favorites
Pigeon Releases Hartford,TN runs 04/28/08 - 08/30/08
[+] favorites
Coosa Release Wetumpka,AL runs 05/31/10 - 05/31/15
[+] favorites
Ocoee #2, Middle Section Release Duckville,TN runs 03/15/08 - 10/28/12
[+] favorites
Ocoee #3, Upper Releases Duckville,TN runs 05/10/08 - 09/15/12
[+] favorites
French Broad Fall Fest Hot Springs,NC runs 09/22/12 - 09/22/12
[+] favorites
West Fork Tuck Gorge Release Glenville,NC runs 04/13/13 - 08/24/19, next 06/08/19
[+] favorites
Coosa Whitewater Festival Wetumpka,AL runs 05/02/14 - 05/04/14
[+] favorites
Upper Nantahala Release Topton, NC,NC runs 04/26/14 - 09/29/19, next 06/14/19
[+] favorites
Cheoah Release Robbinsville,NC runs 02/22/14 - 06/23/19, next 05/25/19
[+] favorites
Coosa River Whitewater Festival Wetumpka,AL runs 05/01/15 - 05/03/15
[+] favorites
Tallulah Tallulah Falls, GA,GA runs 04/01/17 - 11/17/19, next 11/02/19
[+] favorites
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release Glen Alpine,NC runs 04/28/18 - 10/28/18
[+] favorites
  (iCal)  

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