Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas

Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas

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by David Benner, Bob Benner
     
 

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The ultimate guide to paddling whitewater in the western Carolinas, Carolina Whitewater has guided boaters to the best water in the Tar Heel and Palmetto states for almost 30 years. This latest edition includes expanded and updated information for the classic rivers, like the Chattooga, French Broad, and Nantahala, in addition to many new steep creeks including

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The ultimate guide to paddling whitewater in the western Carolinas, Carolina Whitewater has guided boaters to the best water in the Tar Heel and Palmetto states for almost 30 years. This latest edition includes expanded and updated information for the classic rivers, like the Chattooga, French Broad, and Nantahala, in addition to many new steep creeks including Cove, Rockhouse, and Hurricane. New to this edition is a section on flatwater that is suitable for canoe camping and can be handled by beginner and novice paddlers. Profiled runs are from the Broad River and two of its tributaries, the Enoree and the Tyger. The convenient at-a-glance format for each river section makes it easy to find critical details such as difficulty, length, paddling time, gradient, and more. River descriptions, shuttle and gauge information, and topographic-based maps complete the useful information needed to help boaters pick rivers to match their ability. With over 80 detailed profiles and more than 60 maps of the best canoeing and kayaking waterways in the Carolinas, this guide is indispensable. From quiet float trips on the French Broad to exciting runs on the fast-flowing Nolichucky, Carolina Whitewater details the best paddling experiences in both states.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897326179
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
Canoe and Kayak Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
891,948
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.73(d)

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The Nantahala heads up in the edge of Nantahala National Forest before entering Nantahala Lake, reportedly the highest lake in North Carolina. From there some water is piped down the mountain to the power plant 0.25 mi. above the Section C put-in. Sections A and B only run after heavy, extended rainfall, which results in dam spill-over from Nantahala Lake and heavy feeder stream influence up high. The piped water meets the natural flow just above Section C, one of the most popular whitewater runs in the country. The water temperature on this stretch is generally 45 degrees due to the diverted water being pulled from the bottom of the lake. While Section A is recommended only for experts, Section B is challenging for high intermediate/advanced boaters. Section C is suitable for intermediate level paddlers and ends just above Class V Wesser Falls. Below is Lake Fontana. Nantahala, meaning "land of the noon-day sun," was the name given by the Cherokee Indians because the deep gorge shuts out the sun for most of each day.

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