Whitewater release this weekend at Nantahala Gorge

The Nantahala Gorge is expected to draw hundreds of kayakers and spectators to the area this weekend.

Recreational whitewater releases are planned in the Upper Nantahala Cascades April 26 – 28, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, to assst the U.S. team trials for the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships, slated for September 2-8.

These scheduled releases are required as part of the license granted to Duke Energy by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for Nantahala Area hydroelectric projects.

The release will be set at 250 cubic feet per second on Saturday and 350 cubic feet per second on Sunday, per the license requirement. The increase in water level will vary, but is not expected to exceed one foot in most places.

Motorists should be on alert for increased pedestrian traffic along Wayah Road, between the Nantahala Powerhouse and Beechertown Rd. (River Rd.).

Anglers should also be aware that the increased flows in the bypass will raise the water level and create a dangerous current.

For a complete schedule of Nantahala Area flow releases, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nantahala/nan-scheduled-flow-releases.asp