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Santeetlah Dam to Lake Calderwood Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Cheoah River

Second Drop in Bear Creek Falls
God's Dam Rapid Top Drop in Bear Creek Falls Bear Creek Falls Calderwood Lake Dam
Bear Pen Falls Rafts lined up in Yard Sale Rapid Bear Pen Falls
Morning Light Top of Yard Sale Rapid Put-in Rapid Bottom of Bear Pen Falls Approach to Bear Pen Falls
2 mile wave train above a series of rapids called Land of Holes

Santeetlah Dam to Lake Calderwood Info
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Put In:  Santeetlah Dam
Take Out:  Lake Calderwood
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  83 ft/mi
Run Length:  9.25 miles
Current Streamflow:  90 cfs @ 12/14/2016 01:00 PM - CHEOAH RIVER NR BEARPEN GAP NR TAPOCO, NC, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  500 - 1500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  Limited release dates. For 2007: 5/5/2007, 5/6/2007, 5/19/2007, 5/20/2007, 5/26/2007, 5/27/2007, 7/7/2007, 7/8/2007, 9/1/2007, 11/3/2007. Day 1 flows = 1000cfs Day 2 flows = 850 (600 in March). American Whitewater worked with many stakeholders for over 5 years to negotiate these releases. Enjoy!
Season Comments:  May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Primary Season:  When there is water on specific release dates
Permit:  none required at this time
Water Craft:  kayak,raft
Wilderness:  no
Camping on River:  no
Location:  In the Southeastern U.S. (NC), of
Area Name:  Southeastern

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