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.
For 2013 the release schedule is given here
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.
is this the section with devils dip?
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The recent death of Chris Clark at Python Rapid on North Carolina's Cheoah River is the third at this site in the last six years. In each case, the person who died was an expert paddler and their paddling partners did not see exactly what happened. Let's take a close look at the Cheoah below Bear Creek Falls and develop strategies for future runs. The river here is very fast and continuous. After a fast lead-in (Chaos), the river drops over Bear Creek Falls, a 12' drop. Below, most of the flow pushes toward the river right channel (Python). Ferrying over to the easier river left channel (the West Prong) requires careful boat control. Python itself contains several nasty holes and sieves, with a bad hole blocked by a boulder at the bottom. There is a good route through it, but paddlers need to plan their route carefully. Scouting is a good idea for first timers, although catching eddies and getting out is not going to be easy. Groups need to stay together.. The rapid is tough enough that you can't watch your buddy all the time, but you can be ready to help if needed. Click through for links to the accident reports, photos, and comments from expert Cheoah River paddlers. (Photo above by Boyd Ruppelt)
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.
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.
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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