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Multiple Dates

2024 Upper Cascades Releases

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    Nantahala River Cascades

kayak going down river cascade


2024 Upper Cascades scheduled releases are brought to you by American Whitewater. Nantahala Outdoor Center is a proud sponsor of American Whitewater’s work to protect and restore rivers across the country. Learn more about becoming an American Whitewater member here.

Several times a year, Duke Energy creates more forceful water releases in our section of the Nantahala River where kayakers like to paddle and bring onlookers to watch.

2024 Releases


Dates Flow / Time
4/20 250 CFS / 10am-4pm
4/21 350 CFS / 10am-4pm


Dates Flow / Time
6/14 250 CFS / 4pm - 7pm


Dates Flow / Time
7/2 250 CFS / 4pm-7pm


Dates Flow / Time
8/2 250 CFS / 4pm - 7pm
8/22 250 CFS / 4pm - 7pm


Dates Flow / Time
9/28 300 CFS / 10am - 5pm
9/29 425 CFS / 10am - 3pm & 250 3pm - 5pm

• Release times listed above are the times when flows should arrive immediately below the confluence of Whiteoak Creek with the Nantahala River.
• All flows in the Nantahala gorge on the dates listed above are additive to the generation flows of about 550 cfs and natural stream flow.



Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713

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