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West Fork Recreational Flow Releases

This year, gear up for a spectacular display of nature’s power and engineering prowess with the High Falls Dam Release at Lake Glenville. As the dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, witness a transformation of the serene High Falls into a formidable force, creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. This rare event is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

2024 Release Dates:

  • April 27-28
  • June 8
  • July 6 & 27
  • August 10 & 24

The event is recommended for experienced boaters only due to the challenging nature of the rapids and the high flows.

Duke Energy releases these flows to comply with license requirements and neither encourages nor discourages recreational use of high flows by the public.



Visitors are advised to stay out of the water and enjoy the spectacle from a safe distance.


April 27

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

West Fork Recreational Flow Releases


High Falls
1965 Pine Creek Rd
Cullowhee, 28723 United States + Google Map


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