Thursday, September 3, 2009

Spend Labor Day on the Nantahala

The folks at the Asheville Citizen-Times know what's cool this Labor Day weekend—whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River!

Here is a story from today's Cit-Times, talking about Labor Day fun, as well as information on scheduled maintenance to the Nantahala dam. Here's a portion of the article:

NANTAHALA GORGE — If you've been planning a trip down the scenic Nantahala River, this Labor Day weekend is a good time to hop in a boat.

The class II-III river that cuts a picturesque path through the Nantahala Gorge in Graham and Swain counties will slow down to a nonboatable trickle on Oct. 4, about a month earlier than usual so critical maintenance can be performed on the Nantahala Dam.

“What we're trying to do is balance public recreation needs with essential repairs to the generator,” said Fred Alexander, district manager for government and community relations with Duke Energy. “We gave the outfitters months and months of notice so they could come up with different business plans.”

The Nantahala Outdoor Center, the largest whitewater outfitter in the region, based on the banks of the Nantahala west of Bryson City, is planning events like a fly-fishing competition and mountain biking festival Oct. 16-18 to supplement the lack of rafting, said NOC marketing director Charles Conner.

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