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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Asheville White Water Rafting: 2009 Edition

Summertime is upon us, and before the year is out more than 400,000 people will take a white water rafting trip somewhere in greater Asheville, one of the best white water towns in America.

The NC Drought Monitor looks better than it has in more than 30 months, so the exceedingly low water which plagued the industry moves to the sidelines for the foreseeable future. Even so, there are a number of factors to bear in mind to choose the trip that's best for you.

What To Know Before You Go
Commercial rafting operations need a special set of conditions in order to provide a suitable product. Rivers that can typically support rafting fall into two categories: 1) Those with predictable flows from hydro electric plants, and, 2) Those with less predictable flows, but large supporting watersheds.

For dam controlled rivers, the main factor is, "When does the river have water?". The water level in the second type of river is variable with rainfall, and is key to your experience. Fortunately in the age of the internet water levels are readily available, but how can the uninitiated assess the meaning of the flow that week?

Resources
Click here for a detailed primer on three rivers close to Asheville, The French Broad, The Nolichucky, and The Big Pigeon. Our article includes age requirements, water schedules, and the kind of trip to expect at the water levels when you go.

Click here for the lowdown on two other popular rivers, The Nantahala, and The Tuckeseege. A bit farther from Asheville, but not without merit.

Happy Rafting!

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