Cheoah River Release Schedule 2012 – Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

December 20, 2011 by  

Ready to take a whitewater rafting or kayak trip on the Cheoah River in 2012?

The water is dam controlled so you’ll want to plan around 10 weekends based on the Cheoah River Release Schedule for 2012.

The Cheoah River whitewater is normally tamed by Santeetlah Dam, but starting in 2005 the water was released under a Relicensing Settlement Agreement.

Now daring kayak enthusiasts and rafters take to the Cheoah River to tackle Class IV and V whitewater on limited release dates.   For 2012 the waters will be unleashed on 20 scheduled days but heavy rains will sometimes provide additional release dates.  There were quite a few bonus release date in 2011 due to the heavy rains in Western Northe Carolina. Here is the

Cheoah River Release Schedule for 2012

February 25 & 26 (Saturday & Sunday)
March 17, 18 & 19 (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)
April 14, 15 & 16 (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)
April 28 & 29 (Saturday & Sunday)
May 5 & 6 (Saturday & Sunday)
May 19 & 20 (Saturday & Sunday)
May 26 & 27 (Saturday & Sunday)
July 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday)
September 1 (Saturday)
November 3 (Saturday)

The Cheoah River runs along US HWY 129 outside of Robbinsville in Graham County North Carolina and offers 9 miles of heart pounding adventure. Nearby is the famous Tail of the Dragon or Dragon at Deals Gap, where car and motorcycle drivers test their skills on the sharp 318 turns in 11 miles.

Cheoah River Whitewater PlayboatThis is considered challenging whitewater with prior experience and/or guides suggested. Cheoah River Guided trips are offered by:

* Nantahala Outdoor Center

* Wildwater Rafting

* USA Raft

* Endless River Adventures

Cheoah River Whitewater

Cheoah River Kayak

Even if you don’t take to the water during the release dates it is fun to watch the kayaks and rafts navigate the river, especially the water fall in the Cheoah River Photos featured in this post. (Oh and to Mikayla from NOC… go back to studying…your summer whitewater will be here soon!)

You’ll see all the cars parked on the side of the road about 3/4 of the way down the Cheoah River before Tapoco Lodge. The historic Topoco Lodge reopened for business in 2011 and offers lodging and food.

The dam is controlled by the Tapoca division of Alcoa and they post this disclaimer on their site: Water release schedules and flow levels posted by Alcoa Power Generating Inc. (APGI) as directed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice.

Click the link to view the official 2012 Cheoah River Release Schedule at Alcoa.


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