Click for Asheville, North Carolina Forecast Tours on Rivers, Lakes, Swamps, Sounds and Seas by Season

Click on a tour's name for a brief description, links to more complete descriptions, links to current weather reports, links and information on water levels (if applicable, especially online sources), links to photos, the season(s) it is most often paddled, and directions from Asheville to the put ins and take outs (including the distance in minutes from downtown Asheville driving at the speed limit under normal traffic conditions);  click on a tour's distance to go to a route map).  Note that the trip lengths are maximums;  trips can always be made shorter using intermediate access points.  Click on a tour's minimum level to go directly to its online gauge (or proxy, if one exists, and only if applicable).  An asterisk next to a level's link indicates that the link is to a proxy gauge and that alternative online gauges are available and discussed on the tour's page of this website.  Please read the Ratings Guide, including the disclaimer, before going any further.

Note:  the levels listed below are estimates occasionally based on time-honored rules of thumb, often based on a limited number of observations, and sometimes based on pure speculation.  Help improve the quality of this information:  help create virtual gauges, dial in existing gauges, and win valuable prizes!  Learn how here:  The River Gauges Project.

Location Trip Length Class Min. Level Distance Season
Bear Island, NC          
Bear Lake, NC         All
Big South Fork, TN/KY          
Black River, Gilland Memorial to Pumphouse Landing, SC 41 miles        
Black River, Pumphouse Landing to US 701 Bridge, SC 40 miles        
Black River, NC          
Broad River, NC/SC 112.5 miles        
Broad River, 99 Islands to Pacolet River, SC 15 miles        
Calderwood Lake, NC         All
Cape Fear River , NC 103 miles        
Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC (Core Banks)          
Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC (Shackleford Banks)          
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC 
(Bull Island)
6-12 miles,
day trip
N/A N/A 5 hours All (Spring, Fall best)
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC
(Cape's Point Loop) 
32 miles,
N/A N/A 5.25 hours All (Spring, Fall best)
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC
(Capers Island)
11 miles,
day trip,
N/A N/A 5 hours All (Spring, Fall best)
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC
(Lighthouse Loop)
20 miles,
day trip
N/A N/A 5.25 hours All (Spring, Fall best)
Catawba River, Lansford Landing to SC 9 Landing, SC

7.4 miles

  Release from Lake Wylie Dam    
Chattooga River, SC/GA          
Chicken Creek, SC          
Congaree Swamp National Monument (Cedar Creek), SC 6 miles        
Cuckholds Creek, SC          
Cumberland Island, SC          
Dan River, NC/VA 46.5 miles        
Duck River, TN 106 miles        
Echaw Creek, SC          
Edisto River, South Fork (Aiken State Natural Area), SC

1.7 miles

Edisto River (Canoe and Kayak Trail), SC

50.3 miles

Edisto River (North Fork to Edisto Beach), SC 153 miles        
Enoree River, SC 61 miles        
Everglades National Park, FL         Winter
Far Tortuga National Park, FL         Winter
Fontana Lake, NC         All
Gauley River, WV 26 miles        
Green River, KY 111 miles   220 cfs minimum    
Middle James River, VA 90 miles        
Lake Jocassee, NC/SC Overnight       All
Little River, NC 18.9        
Little Tennessee River, NC 23 miles        
Lumber River, NC          
Lynches River, US 15 Boat Landing to Lynches River State Park, SC 54 miles        
Merchants Millpond Swamp          
Mills River, South Fork          
New River, Main Stem, NC 4++ miles        
New River, South Fork, NC 22+ miles        
New River, VA 27+ miles        
New River, WVA          
Nolichucky River, NC/TN          
Oconee & Altamaha Rivers, GA 180 miles        
Ogeechee River, GA          
Okefenokee Swamp, GA Five days        
Old Santee Canal, SC          
Peedee River, Great, SC 124+ miles        
Peedee River, Little, SC 124+ miles        
Rimini Swamp, SC          
Roanoke River Swamps          
Turkey Stevens Creek, SC          
Tyger River, SC          
Yadkin River, South Fork, NC 42 miles        
Suwannee River, FL 84 miles        
Uwharrie River, NC          
Waccamaw River, SC          
Wambaw Canoe Trail, SC          

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