Cheoah River Whitewater Kayaking & Rafting

Cheoah River Whitewater Kayaking & Rafting

Hours & Seasons

  • Seasons - High flow days are scheduled 10 weekend dates per year
  • Hours - 8 a.m. - sundown


  • Hwy 129 North

    Robbinsville,   NC   28771


Located in Western NC, lies some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking east of the Mississippi. The Cheoah isn’t for the faint of heart. The river has many Class IV/IV+ rapids and lots of residual vegetation that require a high skill level to negotiate. With the exception of two or three half-mile or so sections, the Cheoah is unusually continuous with a gradient that is consistently steep for a river it’s size. The 9+ mile run can be broken into three sections and represents a whitewater experience not often found in the Southeast! This is a 9-mile release flow of water from Lake Santeetlah Dam - dates for 2015 Feb 21-22, Mar 21-23, Apr 11-12, Apr 25-27, May 16-17, May 30-31, June 27-28, Sept 12, Oct 3 & Nov 7. Recommended for experienced paddlers only. River pass bracelets can be purchased at O’Henry’s, Outland Expeditions 800-827-1442 or Cheoah Ranger Station 828-479-6431.

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Hwy 129 North
Robbinsville NC 28771


Latitude: 35° 22' 51.7038" / Longitude: -83° 51' 58.644"

Special Directions:

To launch site - travel 6 miles north on Hwy 129 from Robbinsville, turn left onto Joyce Kilmer Rd; parking and site will be on the left at the base of Santeetlah Dam. There is a second launch site, half way down near the concrete bridge.

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