Tuckasegee - Section 5. Whittier to Bryson City


Tuckasegee, North Carolina, US

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Section 5. Whittier to Bryson City

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TUCKASEGEE RIVER AT BRYSON CITY, NC
usgs-03513000 1000 - 6000 cfs I-III 01h09m 989 cfs (too low)


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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-08-22 16:55:04

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 3 2013 (1634 days ago)
Lee H ThonusDetails
For 2013 the release schedule is given here
http://www.duke-energy.com/pdfs/Tuckasegee_Recreation_Flow_Calendar_2013.pdf
January 22 2009 (3196 days ago)
x (1)
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.
December 24 2008 (3225 days ago)
tucker deloachDetails
is this the section with devils dip?


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