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Difficulty I-III
Length 8 Miles
Gauge TUCKASEGEE RIVER AT BRYSON CITY, NC
Flow Range 1000 - 6000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 42 minutes ago 1260 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/22/2016 4:55 pm

River Description


Duke Energy constructed a new river access location upstream of the Whittier Post Office. Downstream of Whittier the river widens and becomes shallow at flows below 1500cfs. About a mile upstream of the confluence of the Oconaluftee the Tuck flows through a rock band that looks similar to the bedrock ledge at the old Dillsboro Dam site. At levels above 1500cfs the rapid formed by the ledge can be significant (class III+) and scouted on river right. Below the confluence of the Oconaluftee the river mellows and widens. There are many old cars stacked on the river bank, part of a 1960s era effort to stabilize the river channel. As the river enters Bryson City, Devils Dip rapid signals the takeout location at Island Park on river right (also a popular picnic area just upstream of the confluence with Deep Creek).

ALERT: Didymosphenia geminate, a slimey invasive algae known as rock snot, was found in the Tuck in 2016. Please rinse all mud and sand off your boat and gear before leaving the Tuck, and clean, drain, and dry your stuff before heading to the next river. It is our responsibility to avoid transporting this damaging algae to other rivers to protect the native aquatic species.

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Lee H Thonus
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6 years ago

For 2013 the release schedule is given here http://www.duke-energy.com/pdfs/Tuckasegee_Recreation_Flow_Calendar_2013.pdf

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10 years ago

yea,it is. if you go across the river from the chinese rest. and the old noc store, turn right and go by the ok furniture store. road curves left, then turn right. was a good parking lot and park down there, right at the dip, that was great for park and play.

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tucker deloach
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10 years ago

is this the section with devils dip?

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News

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Tuckasegee Dams Get New Federal Licenses!

5/6/2011
Kevin Colburn

New river releases and public access areas are now set happen on the Tuckasegee River and its forks following a decade of studies, negotiations, lawsuits, and agency deliberation. Earlier this week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued new federal hydropower licenses for dams on the East and West Forks of the Tuckasegee River in western North Carolina.

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nantahala tuckasegee update (NC)

10/18/2010
Kevin Colburn

We are pleased to announce that Duke Energy recently received their new state water quality certificates for their dams on the Tuckasegee and Nantahala rivers.  These certificates were the final remaining documents that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs to issue new federal licenses for the dams.  The dams are expected to be licensed before the end of 2010. 

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24th Annual Tuckasegee River Clean-Up on April 19, 2008

3/12/2008
Mark Singleton

The 24th Annual Tuckasegee River Clean-Up is scheduled on April 19, 2008.  Come show your support for the community and the environment while having fun on the river.  In the past years over 600 concerned volunteers have come out to show their support for the Tuckasegee River.

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Matt Muir

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Kevin Colburn

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190932 10/13/01 n/a n/a
1202044 05/06/13 Matt Muir 2013 release schedule
1206766 08/22/16 Kevin Colburn Didymo
1206770 08/22/16 Kevin Colburn New Description