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The Southeast has been doused with rain this Spring creating optimal water levels for big whitewater rafting trips. Most dam-fed rivers are releasing extra water to keep lakes at target levels, and all of our free-flowing rivers are running at or near five-year highs.
All of this rain gives high adventure fans the chance to experience the Southeast's most popular whitewater rivers at their very best. The Nantahala, Chattooga, French Broad, Nolichucky, Pigeon and Ocoee rivers are all at exciting high-water flows.
Kayakers run Nantahala Falls at high water in January 2013.
With rainfall expected this weekend and in the days to come, most of the high water will hold in the Southeast. Outdoor enthusiasts who aren't exactly thrilled about the prospect of another rainy weekend should consider going on a paddling trip where the extra rain won't make any difference (except for adding additional excitement).
NOC recommends high water trips for those with previous whitewater experience or for paddlers looking for a new challenge in the the company of a trained guide.
Also, don't forget about the 2013 Cheoah River whitewater releases. This exciting river is one of the most thrilling and difficult commercially-rafted rivers in the world.