Paddlers ready to hit the Tuckasegee

out boatthingThe Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family-friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.


The competition will begin on the backside of Western Carolina University campus, just upstream of the Old Cullowhee Road bridge. There are multiple categories of competition for canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, men, women, and children. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets will be provided, but kayakers and paddle boarders are expected to bring their own boats.

Paddlers will have a chance to practice the course starting at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Pre-registration is requested starting Sept. 12, at WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The entry fee is $5 per person per category.

Proceeds from the event will go toward a proposed river park. The event will be followed by a raffle and an awards ceremony.

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