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Santeetlah Dam to Lake Calderwood Rafting on the Cheoah River
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    Santeetlah Dam to Lake Calderwood Rafting on the Cheoah River

    Approach to Bear Pen Falls - photo by Wildwater Rafting
    Bottom of Bear Pen Falls - photo by Wildwater Rafting  - photo by Wildwater Rafting  - photo by Wildwater Rafting 2 mile wave train above a series of rapids called Land of Holes - photo by Wildwater Rafting God's Dam Rapid - photo by Endless River Adventures
     - photo by Endless River Adventures Bear Pen Falls - photo by Endless River Adventures Rafts lined up in Yard Sale Rapid - photo by Endless River Adventures  - photo by Endless River Adventures Calderwood Lake Dam - photo by Endless River Adventures
     - photo by Endless River Adventures Bear Pen Falls - photo by Endless River Adventures Morning Light - photo by Endless River Adventures Top of Yard Sale Rapid - photo by Endless River Adventures Put-in Rapid - photo by Endless River Adventures
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    Santeetlah Dam to Lake Calderwood Rafting Info
    Difficulty: Class IV, V
    Trip Length: 9.25 miles
    Current Streamflow 90 cfs @ 12/14/2016 01:00 PM
    Season: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
    Season Comments: When there is water on specific release dates

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    Cheoah River review, by a rafter., Nov 29, 2008
    Reviewer: Chip Collins from Waynesville, N.C. USA




    The Cheoah River starts with three and 1/2 miles of Class III/IV water, and definitely changes character for the last 3 miles, with Class IV and low Class V drops and rapids near the end of the run. This is where you find the big drops with names like M.O.I., Chaos Theorem, Big'Un, a.k.a., Bear Creek Falls, and Python. Near the end you have Yardsale, a.k.a., Corndog Canyon. The river bed is strewn with strainers, stobs, and brush, - some still growing from when volunteers cleared the riverbed of growth after 80 plus years of being de-watered. The run is 9 miles long, fairly continuous, and you should be in good shape to raft here, even if you choose to do so with three good outfitters now rafting the Cheoah River commercially. Most of the run is visible from Highway 129.
    Don't come here if you rafted the Yough and Gauley from the floor of the raft, it isn't that kind of river. Tight, fast, nonstop, - yep, I get my adrinaline buzz there.
    It's great fun!
    (I am a guide.)
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