West Fork of the Tuckasegee River Recreational Releases
July 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experienced paddlers from throughout the southeast turn out for the West Fork annual recreational releases. During the summer months, the Lake Glenville Dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. Release dates for 2023 are April 29-30, June 10, July 8, July 29, Aug. 12 & 19. Information on Glenville Dam releases and the whitewater conditions can be found here. Access to the High Falls trail is directly across from the Lake Glenville sandy swim beach.
WARNING: High flows and the natural environment where such flows occur can create dangerous conditions in the bypassed reach. Duke Energy releases these flows solely to comply with its license requirements. Duke Energy neither encourages nor discourages recreational use of high flows by the public. Any recreational use by the public during high flows should be limited to experienced boaters.