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Upper Pigeon Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Pigeon River

Upper Pigeon Info
Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
Put In:  Below the Carolina Power and Light Plant
Take Out:  Bridge at Hartford, TN
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  78 ft/mi
Run Length:  4.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  229 cfs @ 12/14/2016 01:15 PM - PIGEON R BL POWER PLANT NR WATERVILLE, NC, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  Carolina Power and Light Co.; 800-899-4435.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Large volume river with big standing waves and several big rapids.
Hazards:  Several rapids that should be scouted.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Southeastern U.S. (TN), 285 miles West of Raleigh, NC
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Take I-40 east to Exit 451-Waterville Road. Turn right at Big Creek then left to the Pigeon River boat launch.
Take-out: Take the exit for Hartford, TN and make a left into Hartford. Drive right to the public take-out (there's plenty of raft companies around if you get lost).

Towns near Upper Pigeon Kayaking

Asheville North Carolina
Athens Tennessee
Banner Elk North Carolina
Boone North Carolina
Bryson City North Carolina
Cherokee North Carolina
Cleveland Tennessee
Copperhill Tennessee
Erwin Tennessee
Gatlinburg Tennessee
Gatlinburg Tennessee
Hartford Tennessee
Hartford Tennessee
Hot Springs North Carolina
Maggie Valley North Carolina
Marshall North Carolina
Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Tellico Plains Tennessee

Other Resources

Conservation Organizations
  • Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association
  • Southeastern Kayak Clubs
  • Chota Canoe Club
  • East Tennessee Whitewater Club
  • Tennessee Valley Canoe Club
  • U of Tennessee Canoe & Hiking Club