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.


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Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release Sunday the 1st 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Saturday the 30th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Friday the 29th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Thursday the 28th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Wednesday the 27th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Sunday the 24th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Saturday the 23rd 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Friday the 22nd 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Thursday the 21st 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Wednesday the 20th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Sunday the 17th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Saturday the 16th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Friday the 15th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Thursday the 14th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Wednesday the 13th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Sunday the 10th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Saturday the 9th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Friday the 8th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Thursday the 7th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Wednesday the 6th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Sunday the 3rd 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Saturday the 2nd 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Friday the 1st 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Cheoah Release Sunday the 27th 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 - 850 cfs Standard Sunday Release: 8am to 2pm @ 1000, 2pm to 4pm @ 850
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Saturday the 26th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Cheoah Release 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 cfs Standard Saturday Cheoah Release
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release Friday the 25th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Cheoah Release Sunday the 20th 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 - 850 cfs Standard Sunday Release: 8am to 2pm @ 1000, 2pm to 4pm @ 850
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Cheoah Release Saturday the 19th 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 cfs Standard Saturday Cheoah Release
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Friday the 18th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Sunday the 13th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Cheoah Release 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 - 850 cfs Standard Sunday Release: 8am to 2pm @ 1000, 2pm to 4pm @ 850
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release Saturday the 12th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Cheoah Release 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 cfs Standard Saturday Cheoah Release
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release Friday the 11th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Sunday the 6th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Saturday the 5th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Friday the 4th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Sunday the 29th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 1300 cfs Whitewater Release (higher flow)
Saturday the 28th 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 900 cfs Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners.
Cheoah Release Sunday the 22nd 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 - 850 cfs Standard Sunday Release: 8am to 2pm @ 1000, 2pm to 4pm @ 850
Tallulah 4:14 PM to 4:14 PM EST
Saturday the 21st 4:14 PM to 4:14 PM EST
Cheoah Release 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 cfs Standard Saturday Cheoah Release
Sunday the 15th 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 - 850 cfs Standard Sunday Release: 8am to 2pm @ 1000, 2pm to 4pm @ 850
Saturday the 14th 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST 1000 cfs Standard Saturday Cheoah Release
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Tallulah (GA) Releases Are Scheduled For Fall 2011
October 13, 2011

Gauley River (WV) Information for 2013
August 25, 2013

Fall 2013 Tallulah (GA) Release Reminders
October 10, 2013


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