- Lower Nantahala
- Sat, 28. April 2018, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
- Topton, North Carolina
- Class II
- Created by:
- Travis Kelly
Lower Nantahala River
Coordinator: Wolfgang Buchmaier email: wbuchmaier@
This exciting trip down the beautiful Lower Nantahala River (Class II+(III)) is for moderately experienced whitewater boaters who have paddling experience in Class 2+ rapids with an optional benchmark class 3 rapid at the end. You should be able to catch eddies, peel out and ferry in moderately fast-moving water. The Lower Nantahala is one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the South East with easy access and takeout and almost continuous II+ fun. (See AW river description link below). It will be higher than usual that day because the Upper Nantahala is scheduled to flow at 250 cfs bringing the total flow in the Lower Nantahala up from 700dfs to 950cfs. Due to such release and the NOC Spring Fling that weekend, we expect the river to be pretty busy.
As it is still early in the season and because the Lower Nantahala is supplied from the bottom of a deep lake the water temperature will be very cold, approximately 50 degrees, and boaters should dress for immersion.
Required equipment: PFD, helmet and whistle. Whitewater kayaks need spray skirts. Recreational boats are not permitted. A towel and dry clothes for afterwards are recommended. Bring drinking water and sunscreen.
As many people will be already up in the area for NOC Spring Fling, we will meet at high noon at the Putin for the Lower Nantahala (takeout of the Upper Nantahala) marked at this link: https://goo.gl/maps/
As this is an official club trip our insurance requires membership in the ACA which can be purchased for the day from the trip coordinator for $5. However we recommend to sign up for the annual ACA membership ($40 regular and $30 for Palmetto Paddlers members). Please bring the respective filled and signed waiver to the trip. It can be downloaded here: http://www.americancanoe.org/
Plan to attend? Contact the coordinator. Please inform the Coordinator in a timely manner if your plans change and you can no longer attend.
- Wolfgang Buchmaier
- Lower Nantahala Put-In
- Wayah Rd
- North Carolina