Boaters flock to Cheoah for first release of season

The Tuckasegee Reader reported today (for the full story, with photo gallery and video, visit

CHEOAH RIVER –– Hundreds of boaters gathered at the Cheoah River for the first big water of the year this past Saturday. The region’s most avid paddlers flocked to the southwestern-most corner of North Carolina for early spring boating, in part because the Cheoah was the only river releasing in the Southeast.

Scott Sidener, Steve Moore, and Wesley R. Bradley get ready to take Bear Creek Falls on the Cheoah River, Feb. 19, 2011. Photo by Cheryl Killman. To see all of Cheryl Killman’s photos from Saturday, click here.

“At one point there was a single file line of kayaks; I felt like I was in a heard of cattle,” said 21-year-old, Brad Caldwell from Robbinsville, NC, who’s been boating for 14 years. “It’s been almost six months since this river last released, so I’m stoked.”

After waiting over an hour past the scheduled release time, a stream of eager boaters finally put on the water. Kayaks of every make and model, size and color filed into the river in a scene that looked like the start of the Daytona 500…

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