Cheoah River Release Dates Set

River activists fought so you could take the ultimate whitewater thrill ride. Known by many as the most difficult river in the Southeast, the Cheoah River’s intense class IV-V+ rapids will be open to paddlers and rafters on select dam release dates this spring. American Whitewater reached a re-licensing agreement in 2005 with the Alcoa Corporation, which owns the dam that holds back the Cheoah’s raging waters. The 40-year agreement allows boaters to run a 9.25-mile section of the Southwestern North Carolina River on select days every year. Brace yourself for rumbling rapids and big drops including the 15-foot Bear Creek Falls.

March 20-22 / April 10-12, 24-25 / May 8-9, 22-23 / June 26-27 / September 18 / October 2 / November 6

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