Nolichucky Flood Stage Kayaking

At typical water levels the Nolichucky River Gorge is a stretch of class III-IV whitewater, running from Poplar NC to Erwin TN, a river that I have enjoyed running for years. The latest big rain event created a river level near 20,000 cubic feet per second, soaring far above the average flow of 1340 cubic feet per second. This volume of water significantly complicates navigation of the gorge and raises the difficulty and danger of the river to class IV-V. It’s also loads of fun if you are up for the challenge.
– Spencer Cooke

USGS Nolichucky Gauge on 01.16.13

USGS Nolichucky Gauge on 01.16.13

Train track and a hay stack in entrance rapid

Train track and a hay stack in entrance rapid

x

Chris Gallaway in entrance rapid, just below the train bridge near the putin

Chris Gallaway in entrance rapid, just below the train bridge near the put in

stalowy

Eric Stalowy at the end of entrance rapid with some big whirlpools

Eric scouting above On The Rocks

Eric scouting above On The Rocks

Eric and Chris eying a line through a very swollen Quarter Mile Rapid

Eric and Chris eying a line through a very swollen Quarter Mile Rapid

Myself and Chris entering Quarter Mile

Myself and Chris entering Quarter Mile

Old railroad tie beside Quarter Mile Rapid with a pine tree growing out of it

Old railroad tie beside Quarter Mile Rapid with a pine tree growing out of it

Boat scouting above Rooster Tail

Boat scouting above Rooster Tail

Our group after Nolichucky, happy times

Our group after Nolichucky, happy times

 

Photography and Edit by:
Spencer Cooke – Effort, Inc
Effort.tv

Additional Photography by:
Chris Gallaway – Horizonline Pictures
Horizonlinepictures.com

Soundtrack by:
Eric Stalowy
Song: Freedom
Ericstalowy.com

Bridge and Tunnel
Album: Rebuilding Year
Song: Hands
No Idea Records
Bridge and Tunnel - Rebuilding Year

New gear for 2013 that was used on this trip:

Accent Fluid Paddle - SR Standard Fullcut Duotone - IR Arch Rival Drysuit - IR Royale Skirt - Astral Greenjacket

Accent Fluid Paddle – SR Standard Fullcut Duotone – IR Arch Rival Drysuit – IR Royale Skirt – Astral Greenjacket

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *