The season’s first scheduled recreational releases at the typically de-watered West Fork Bypassed Reach of the Tuckasegee River near Glenville, N.C., are scheduled for April 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The releases will be set at 250 cubic feet per second, the optimal flow for whitewater paddling. The increase in water level will vary, but is not expected to exceed one foot in most places.
Limited parking will be available at Lake Glenville, along Pine Creek Road near the trailhead, for the approximately one-mile hike to the kayak put-in. Some designated parking will be provided near the takeout. Paddlers should plan to make arrangements for pickup and dropoff.
Duke Energy is completing construction of the one-milelong High Falls Trail, which will stretch from Glenville Dam to the base of High Falls, and provide paddlers upstream access to the river reach in time for the releases. High Falls Trail – and a fishing trail along the river across from Thorpe Powerhouse – are permanent amenities.
For their safety, and to respect local residents, paddlers will be directed to use designated trails and access areas only. Instructional signage will be installed at the takeout point to direct paddlers off the river. The course is six miles long, narrow and challenging, and is recommended for advanced paddlers only.
Area residents can expect increased activity around the put-in and takeout points, and motorists should use caution when approaching Highway 107 near Thorpe Powerhouse and Pine Creek Road along Lake Glenville, as traffic will be heavier than usual.
Additional bypass flow releases are scheduled on the following weekends from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.: May 11, June 8, July 6, July 27 and Aug. 10.
These scheduled releases are required through the license granted to Duke Energy by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Duke Energy will also conduct FERC-required maintenance work at the Thorpe Powerhouse, and it will be out of service from April 1-July 8, 2013. During this time, lake levels we be controlled by gates at the Glenville Dam, resulting in additional water passing in the West Fork Tuckasegee River Bypassed Reach during the generator outage. This may attract paddlers outside the scheduled flow release dates.
For a complete schedule of Nantahala-area flow releases, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nantahala/nanscheduled-flow-releases.asp.