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NOC’s Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

September 25, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - September 27, 2015 @ 9:00 PM

NOC’s Guest Appreciation Festival is our way of saying “Thank You” to you! We have something for everyone. Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names include The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters, take advantage of our free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Learn a new craft from one of our craft vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly games and activites including corn hole, giant jenga, face painting, a bounce house, a live raptor show and more! Or dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. It’s a weekend of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun and gratitude! See you there.


September 25, 2015 @ 8:00 AM
September 27, 2015 @ 9:00 PM
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NOC – Nantahala River
13077 Hwy 19
West Bryson City, NC 27813 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!