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Training Trip – Tuckasegee River

June 28, 2015

Training trip Tuckasegee River (Class II) in N.C. (This Trip was changed to SUNDAY so as NOT to conflict with the Special Needs Canoe Day scheduled for Saturday at Clark Park in Oak Ridge. If you have never volunteered to be a Safety Boater at the Special Needs Canoe Day, YOU SHOULD!)

The Tuck trip will give novice and experienced paddlers an opportunity to work on river skills while paddling a very scenic and popular river. We’ll be catching eddys, doing peel-outs, ferrying, and other river exercises. This is not a paddle school, but will instead give novice paddlers and our Paddle School Students an opportunity to work on the skills they have learned at paddle school. The Tuck is a good river to paddle in preparation for the Nantahala!

The Plan: The plan is to meet at the Duke public put-in located above the Dillsboro Drop Rapid at 11:00 a.m. (Depending on our group skill level, we might have to portage (walk around) the Dillsboro Drop.) If you plan to attend this trip, contact me NLT Friday June 26, at 10:00 p.m. via Facebook, or by phone. Novice paddlers, please leave your name, a contact number (if calling,) the type of boat you paddle, and what training/paddle trips you have done this summer?
(Don’t show up to paddle this river with a plastic crap boat from Dick’s Sporting goods or Wal-Mart! Whitewater Rivers require whitewater boats!)

SAFETY BOATERS are needed for this trip!!!!! Safety boaters also need to let me know if you plan to attend? If there is very little interest in this trip or if there is NOT enough safety boaters who volunteer to go, I will officially cancel the trip on Friday June 26 and notify you here and on Facebook. This trip will go RAIN or SHINE if enough people are interested?

Carpool: I will not be carpooling since I live near Ten Mile. My shortest route to the Tuck/Nantahala area is via Hwys 72, 129, (or 28,) & 74/19E. If you want to meet me somewhere on Hwy 129 near Chilhowie Lake we could convoy over to Dillsboro? You’ll have to work out your own carpool plan from Knoxville! If you travel on Hwy 129, be alert for police speed traps in the 40 mph area along Chilhowee Lake in Blount County. Cops were hiding behind trees trying to clock speeders there last year.


Denzil Britt

If you plan to attend this trip, contact me NLT Friday June 26, at 10:00 p.m. by phone or Facebook!


June 28, 2015
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Denzil Britt


Tuckasegee River
1201 US-74
Dillsboro, NC 28725 United States
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Basic Safety Information

All participants in Chota Canoe Club trips do so as common adventurers. The club or its individual members may coordinate paddling trips but no one is considered leader of a trip. All participants take the responsibility for making their own decisions including, but not limited to, whether to participate on any particular water body or section, what equipment they use, the routes they may choose to paddle, whether their skill levels and abilities are appropriate for the activity or whether climate and water conditions are appropriate for their participation. In applying for membership to the Chota Canoe Club (Chota), I acknowledge that paddling, like many sports, has inherent dangers which can be minimized through education and experience, but cannot be totally eliminated I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executers, and administrators waive any and all rights and claims for damage I may have against Chota, its officers and representatives for injuries suffered by me in Chota activities.

Safety Information at American Whitewater


The Chota Canoe Club touring group is an opportunity for paddlers of all levels to get out on the water and enjoy recreational touring. Group goals are for paddlers to have fun, be safe and expand their paddling skills and opportunities. Club members plan and participate in a wide range of interesting and fun trip every year that include:

  • Easy river float trips for rec boat on local Blueways and casual paddling trips on local lakes
  • Evening paddles along the Knoxville waterfront
  • “Paddle to the Grill” trips on summer evenings
  • Overnight kayak camping trip to Fontana Lake or some other remote location
  • Advanced trips to Vancouver Island, the coasts of Maine, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

To Schedule a Touring Trip Schedule contact
John “Gunny” Wiser

To Schedule a Touring Trip Schedule contact
Jim Martin

Trip Rules

These trips are scheduled for Chota members, but TVCC & ETWC members are welcome too! To join the club click here!

You must contact the trip coordinator by the Wednesday before the trip if you want to attend.

The trip coordinator has sole discretion when evaluating skill levels for the intended trip, and all trips are water level dependent. Trips may be cancelled or changed due to lack of water or too much water, and the skill level of the group will be considered when choosing sections and appropriate water levels. Appropriate clothing and gear is required. If you are not sure if your gear is adequate, ask the trip coordinator, and please know you will not be permitted to paddle in shorts and a dry top no matter how far you drove to get to the river!!!!

Before you go be sure to:

Become a club member here!
Fill out and turn in a trip release form here!

Join our group and get out on the water in a kayak for fun, exercise, fellowship and adventure.  Canoes are OK too!