Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas by David BennerCarolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas by David Benner

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

byDavid Benner, Bob Benner

Paperback | July 11, 2005

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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 morethan 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.
Still an active "creekist" and climber, David Benner lives in Morganton, NC, where he coordinates the Physical and Outdoor Education program for Western Piedmont Community College. Bob Benner, a long time paddler, is retired and resides in Morganton, N.C.
Title:Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western CarolinasFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.55 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.55 inPublished:July 11, 2005Publisher:Clerisy PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0897326172

ISBN - 13:9780897326179


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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.

Table of Contents

(1) Introduction (2) Tusquitee Creek (3) Hiawassee River (4) Cullasaja River (5) Little Tennessee River (6) Alarka Creek (7) Whiteoak Creek (8) Nantahala River (9) Snowbird Creek (10) Cheoah River (11) Santeetlah Creek (12) Slickrock Creek (13) Caney Fork Creek (14) Tuckaseigee River (15) Deep Creek (16) Oconaluftee River (17) Straight Fork (18) Raven Fork River (19) Soco Creek (20) East Fork Pigeon River (21) West Fork Pigeon River (22) Pigeon River (23) Jonathans Creek (24) Big Creek (25) Cataloochee Creek (26) West Fork French Broad (27) North Fork French Broad (28) French Broad (29) Davidson River (30) Swannanoa River (31) Big Laurel Creek (32) Spring Creek (33) Green River (34) Broad River (35) First Broad River (36) North Toe and Toe River (37) Big Crabtree Creek (38) South Toe River (39) Cane River (40) Nolichucky River (41) Boone Fork (42) Watauga River (43) Elk River (44) Buck Creek (45) North Fork Catawba River (46) Catawba River (47) Muddy Creek (48) Linville River (49) Steel Creek (50) Upper Creek (51) North Harper Creek (52) Lost Cove Creek (53) Wilson Creek (54) Johns River (55) Jacob Fork River (56) Henry Fork River (57) South Fork New River (58) North Fork New River (59) New River (60) Little River (61) North Fork Mayo River (62) South Fork Mayo River (63) Dan River (64) Buffalo Creek (65) Yadkin River (66) Elk Creek (67) Stony Fork Creek (68) Lewis Fork North Prong (69) Lewis Fork South Prong (70) Reddies River (71) Mitchell River (72) Fisher River (73) Uwharrie River (74) Chattooga River (75) Chauga River, SC (76) Doe River (77) Haw River (78) North Tyger River (79) Tyger River (80) South Tyger River (81) Enoree River