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Tuckasegee River Clean-up!!!

Western Carolina University is hosting a 2014 clean-up of a great river! The Tuckasegee River (Tuck-a-see-g) is a great beginner whitewater river with class II-II+ rapids and small shoals. The River is located in a semi-urban region of the western Carolina mountains, therefore it gets used and sometimes abused. Never fear! We're here to clean it up!

http://www.wcu.edu/student-life/division-of-student-affairs/departments/ak-hinds-university-center/programs-events-at-the-uc/base-camp-cullowhee-bcc/tuck-river-cleanup.asp

please find the above link helpful in answering questions or feel feel free to ask on here.

We'll meet at Cracker Barrel at the Strawberry Plains exit at 9:00 AM to carpool to the river. We will park towards the outer lot so look for the kayaks.  It is a 2 hour drive. If you do not have a proper boat or gear, then there will be free raft service, gear rental, and shuttle service provided to and from the river! Trash bags and gloves provided. There is even a celebration after the event with a cookout, door prizes, and games located at the beautiful campus of Western Carolina University.

The river helps us out 24/7 by providing water, recreation, and wildlife habitat. It's time we donate a few hours of our time a year to help clean it up! Not to mention the superb whitewater activities!!!

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3392

The above link is for the American Whitewater description of the river.


This is the river where the famous "train wreck scene" from the 1993 film "The Fugitive" was filmed.  The first part (rural part) of the movie was filmed in Western North Carolina.  You can see the train wreckage on the bank of the river just downstream of the put-in.  

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  • Shelley

    Camping trip booked for that weekend :(

    February 17, 2014

  • Stephen D.

    Would this be suited to a 10' rec kayak?

    January 6, 2014

    • Stephen D.

      I've done the Little River at varying flows, Townsend to River John's, and have done well. Is it somewhat comparable?

      January 6, 2014

    • Forrest

      If you are comfortable on the Little River below Townsend (and have a PFD/life jacket AND a helmet) then you should consider giving the Tuckasegee River a try. We will all stick together on the river. I'm very familiar with this stretch of river and we will just be taking it slow, enjoying all the surroundings while helping to remove trash from the river. The biggest rapid is at the launch site and is easily avoidable. I just now posted the description of the river section. ANY rapid can be easily portaged, meaning you just carry or drag your boat around it. The Tuckasegee is mostly moving current with an occasional class II/II+ mixed in.

      January 6, 2014

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