7/14/13 lower Green River- on the left channel heading downstream at Little Corky near the end, there is a downed tree trunk across most of the river with only about 10 feet open near the far bank at river left to sneak by. Better to go down the channel on the right of the island there. It's been there about a week so far it seems.
2007- 08-12...paddled the river the day after the area had recieved 10" (according to the tube rental) of rain the night before. It was big for this section, it was my second time on this river but my first in a whitewater kayak! Although my adrenaline was pummping I felt very comfortable and had a lot of fun...excellent training grounds or waters!
This is a nice run for beginners with a bit of a challenge. Very little flat water and quite a few class twos plus a few class 2 + at decent flow.
Comment to Foster's description. At Little Corkys you have two islands and three routes. The far left is unrunable, the middle has a narrow channel but gets you to the biggest waves, the far right is safe and less exciting.
Those are nice pictures of the narrows but id like to see some pictures of the actual reach.
6 of us paddled today and had too much fun. First white water for all of us and it was a great beginner river. 2.5 hours of small rapids with just enough time in between to laugh about approaches and rocks that attacked us. Parking lots for putin and takeout were nice. We went early and missed all of the tubers that do the middle section. Rope swing half way down was also cool.
Here are the main rapids on this river:
Jacobs Ladder- a long s-turn like rapid but not much of a challenge
Big Corky- Very straight forward. Approach it from the right and stay right all the way down. Only thing to avoid is the big rock in the middle at the very bottom of the rapid. Eddy out river left at the bottom (after the rock). There is a beach at the bottom left that has "no trespassing" signs- the owner of this property is very grumpy.
A good surf spot we just call Surfers Rapid- basically just a riverwide ledge with a nice hole at the bottom.
Little Corky- This is the last rapid, right below Surfer's and just above the takeout. Run the right side of the island. Stay in the middle of the channel. Ends in a short, broken ledge.
8 years ago
by Emory Young
by Will Shepherdson
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Water is released from the Tuxedo Hydro Station and will range from 60%-200% depending on the level of Lake Summit in Hendersonville, and weather conditions. Flows from Big Hungry Creek (confluence above The Narrows) can change this run depending on rain amounts. The water takes about 4 hours to travel from the powerhouse to the put in.
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on Green @3. Lower, Fishtop Access to Big Rock Access
bottom Little Corky
Parker on the Green
Parker Cross on Lower Green
Big Corky boof
wave above bridge
Typical Lower Green Drop
The small surf wave has nice park and play access
The center line at Little Corky's is the best route to catch the wave train
Below Sunshine in the Fall
Kevin Paddling a Log on the Green
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Last year, Northbrook Energy purchased the Tuxedo Hydropower Project from Duke Energy. This hydropower project provides the flows for the Class III+ Upper Green, the Class V Narrows, and the Class II Lower Green - all of which are popular whitewater runs. As the sale was underway, American Whitewater and others advocated for assurances in the contract that recreational releases would continue to follow a predictable pattern and be communicated as a forecast online. The contract contains these guarantees for the public, and earlier today river users got on the phone with the power company for a positive conversation confirming the 2020 schedule.
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.
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