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Cheoah River Releases 2021

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    Cheoah River

Kayaker on the Cheoah River

Description

2021 Cheoah River scheduled releases are brought to you by American Whitewater. Nantahala Outdoor Center is a proud sponsor of American Whitewater and their efforts to conserve whitewater here in the Southeast. Learn more about the non-profit organization American Whitewater and how to become a member here.

The 9.25 mile section of the Cheoah River, from Santeetlah Dam to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch, is continuous class IV-V whitewater. This section of the river was dewatered for 77 years, but in 2005 American Whitewater and Western North Carolina Paddlers were able to secure scheduled releases for the next 40 years.

From classic drops to wave trains and play holes, the Cheoah has a lot to offer for advanced paddlers. There are trees, root balls, and brush throughout this section of the Cheoah River, so it’s necessary for paddlers to have a rock-solid roll.

February

Dates Flow / Time
2/27

1000 CFS / 8am-12pm, 600 CFS / 12pm-5pm

March

Dates Flow / Time
3/20

1000 CFS / 8am-4pm, 600 CFS / 4pm-12am

3/21

600 CFS / 12am-12pm, 300 CFS / 12pm through 3/22

April

Dates Flow / Time
4/3

1000 CFS / 8am-4pm

4/4 1000 CFS / 8am-2pm & 850 CFS / 2pm-4pm

4/17

1000 CFS / 8am-4pm
4/24

1000 CFS / 8am-4pm

4/25

1000 CFS / 8am-2pm & 850 CFS / 2pm-4pm

May

Dates Flow / Time
5/15

1000 CFS / 8am-4pm

5/16

1000 CFS / 8am-2pm & 850 CFS / 2pm-4pm

5/29

1000 CFS / 8am-4pm

5/30

1000 CFS / 8am-2pm & 850 CFS / 2pm-4pm

June

Dates Flow / Time
6/19

1000 CFS / 8am-4pm

6/20

1000 CFS / 8am-2pm & 850 CFS / 2pm-4pm

October

Dates Flow / Time
10/9

1000 CFS / 8am-4pm

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