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2017 Southeastern Release Dates

2017 Southeastern Release Dates

So many events taking place now that 2017 has hit that it can be hard to keep track of. Here is a list that we will continue to update as we see new events/releases happening.

March 18-19: *first weekend for middle Ocoee 10am-4pm
March 25:
Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm
March 26: Cheoah @ 600 12am-12pm, 300 12pm through 3/27

April 1: Tallulah, middle Ocoee 10am-4pm
April 2: Tallulah, middle Ocoee 10am-4pm
April 8: Tallulah, West Fork Tuckasegee @250 10am-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
April 9: Tallulah, West Fork Tuckasegee @250 10am-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
April 22: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
April 23: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-2pm, @850 2pm-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
April 28: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
April 29: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-2pm, @850 2pm-4pm (note 4/30 is @ 300cfs), Nantahala Cascades / Upper @ 250 10am-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
April 30: Nantahala Cascades / Upper @ 350 10am-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm

May 6: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm. Paddle in Pink: The Double (two events) XX (female kayakers) Cheoah Day, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
May 7: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-2pm, @850 2pm-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
May 13: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm, *upper Ocoee  9am-3pm (first upper Ocoee release)
May 14: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-2pm, @850 2pm-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
May 20: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm, upper Ocoee  9am-3pm
May 21: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-2pm, @850 2pm-4pm, middle Ocoee 9am-5pm
May 27: middle Ocoee 9am-5pm, upper Ocoee  9am-3pm, *Pigeon is anticipated to start releasing this weekend (noon-6pm)
May 28: middle Ocoee 9am-5pm, upper Ocoee  8:30am-4:30pm
May 29: middle Ocoee 9am-5pm

June 10: West Fork Tuckasegee @250 10am-4pm
June 16: Nantahala Cascades / Upper @ 250 4pm-7pm

July 1: West Fork Tuckasegee @250 10am-4pm
July 7: Nantahala Cascades / Upper @ 250 4pm-7pm
July 8: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm
July 9: Cheoah 1000 8am-2pm, @850 2pm-4pm
July 14: Nantahala Cascades / Upper @ 250 4pm-7pm
July 22: West Fork Tuckasegee @250 10am-4pm

Aug 11: Nantahala Cascades / Upper @ 250 4pm-7pm
Aug 12: West Fork Tuckasegee @250 10am-4pm
Aug 26: West Fork Tuckasegee @250 10am-4pm

Sept 8-11:Gauley
Sept 9: Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm
Sept 15-18:Gauley
Sept 22-25:Gauley
Sept 23: Nantahala Cascades / Upper @ 300 10am-5pm
Sept 24: Nantahala Cascades / Upper @ 425 10am-3pm, @250 3pm-5pm

Sept 29-Oct 2: Gauley
Oct 6-8: Gauley
Oct 14: Gauley
Oct 15: Gauley
Oct 21: Gauley (Bridge Day)
Oct 22: Gauley

Nov 4: Green Race, Cheoah @ 1000 8am-4pm, Tallulah (500 cfs)
Nov 5: Tallulah (700 cfs)
Nov 11: Tallulah (500 cfs)/ Tallulah Race
Nov 12: Tallulah (700 cfs)
Nov 18: Tallulah (500 cfs)
Nov 19: Tallulah (700 cfs)

Click here for full Ocoee release calendar

badass is beautiful website launch

Badass Is Beautiful

We like our slogan so much that paddle in pink is proud to introduce it’s sister site to the world; The format: strictly videos. We are going to try and post as many videos as we can, be that they are rough edits, or short film edits. Think you have a video that you want us to showcase? Go ahead and send out the link and if we like it, you will see it displayed in the gallery section of the website. If we love it, we will make that the featured video. So run on over and check it out (contact form is at the bottom)!

2016 Southeastern Fall Events

Events for Fall in the Southeast

As fall is in the air, I wanted to make a quick post to remind everyone of all the releases happening in the area;

Today-Sun is GAF at the NOC. If you are wanting to pick up some gear at some good prices, head over to the NOC.

Cascade and Upper Nantahala Release Schedule (the release has been shortened one hour due to drought):
Sat: 10-4pm 300 cfs
Sun: 10-3pm 425 cfs 3-4pm 250cfs

Sept 23-26: Gauley

Sept 30-Oct 3: Gauley
Oct 1: Cheoah, Russell Fork (800 cfs)
Oct 2: Russell Fork (800 cfs)

Oct 7-10: Gauley
Oct 8: Russell Fork (800 cfs)
Oct 9: Russell Fork (800 cfs)

Oct 15: Gauley, Russell Fork (800 cfs)
Oct 16: Gauley, Russell Fork (800 cfs)

Oct 22: Russell Fork (1000 cfs)/ Russell Fork Race
Oct 23: Russell Fork (1000 cfs)

Nov 5: Green Race, Cheoah, Tallulah (500 cfs)
Nov 6: Tallulah (700 cfs)

Nov 12: Tallulah (500 cfs)/ Tallulah Race
Nov 13: Tallulah (700 cfs)

Nov 19: Tallulah (500 cfs)
Nov 20: Tallulah (700 cfs)


Paddle in Pink was hacked a while back and that is why we have not had any recent posts. We have added a layer of security where this should not be an issue from here on out. Stay tuned for some updated posts as a lot has been going on this summer!

The Cheoah Double XX Paddle

We had 24 women and four dogs ready for the day! Photo by Sara Ruhlen
We had 24 women and four dogs ready for the day! Photo by Sarah Ruhlen

The highlight of my spring used to be the annual all-girl paddle on the Cheoah River that was part of North Carolina’s now defunct BoaterChick Festival. I met most of my current female paddling network at the Cheoah paddle and so it was an event that I could not let go when the BoaterChick Festival had run its course. This year I renamed the event the Double XX (two events for those with two X chromosomes) and set about to invite all the paddling chicas that I know.

The unusual site of women dominating the boat ramp above the lower Cheoah River.


On April 15th, 2016, 25 paddlers ranging in age from 14 to 50 launched on the Cheoah. The large group was split up into three smaller groups divided to evenly spread abilities and to maximize networking potential. When I was organizing the event, I was trepidatious that the paddlers would not want to split from their friends. On the contrary, all the participants were happy to meet and paddle with new friends. The best part of the Double XX is that the type of women who attend are willing to break out of their  normal routine. My kind of people!

Andriene Levknecht and Stephanie Metzger are all smiles at the bottom of Bear Creek Falls. Photo by Nikki Malatin
Charli Kerns setting a high standard for boofing. Photo by Nikki Malatin

The paddle down the Cheoah was mostly uneventful. The front group did have to wait a bit for all the groups to gather at the put in for the more technical lower section of the Cheoah. Next year, I will have all groups just continue down the river and have dedicated front safety and dedicated sweep. Thank you all for your patience and I appreciate the honest feedback. After scouting Bear Creek Falls (A.K.A. ‘the big one’) with first timers, all groups safely completed the run.



Twelve girls then put their game face on and ran a ‘go fast’ lap of the last two miles of the river. This section is a gem of continuous Class IV whitewater that is a perfect race course. The official race is in October this year and this was a chance for the boaters to get some practice. A had a vision of a group of women throwing down on the Cheoah and it came true! I cannot wait to do it again next year.

Adriene Levnecht building the stoke level for the go fast lab by leading the count down to the start. Photo by Nikki Malatin

After the go-fast lap, we gathered at the welcoming Tapoco Lodge for some delicious libations provided by Hi Wire Brewery and some spot-on prizes donated by Pyranha Kayaks (have you seen the 9R?), Sweet Protection, Astral Designs (have you tried their new sandals?), and Mountain Khakis.  I want to thank Sarah Ruhlen of Catalyst Photography and Trinity for pictures and logistical support.


Andria Davis at Bear Creek Falls. Photo by Nikki Malatin

I also  want to thank the group leaders, sweep, and safety volunteers, especially those who come on board year after year. The trip could not happen without all of us pulling together.

There was no fee or fund-raising associated with this event. The Double XX is a chance to connect the network of female boaters who enjoy Class IV (and V!) whitewater. To me, the Double XX is like getting married. Sure, it is a fun party, but the real payoff lasts for years and years.  Are you working up to the Cheoah, but still want to network? Check out Anna Levesque’s Ladies Southeast Paddling Series. The series starts in May on the Tuckaseegee Gorge and ends up with a trip down the Lower Gauley in September. If you are a total badass, consider joining Laura Farrell’s Green River Takeover on August 27th, 2016. Contact Laura through her blog, Living the Liquid Lifestyle. If you want to attend the Cheoah Double XX next year, send me a message on Facebook or email me at . I will make sure you get the information for the next event.

Stay tuned for information about Crystal Gustin and Katie Dean’s playboat/slicey boat day on the Pigeon River. This come-out-and-play day will be on July 9th. Get into your little boat and paddle until your arms fall off. We will have some great prizes, refreshments, outstanding coaching, and just a fun time gettin’ vertical.

apostle islands

Apostle Island Sea Caves by Kayak

We had watched the wind reports all week in anticipation of our upcoming Lake Superior Sea Caves kayaking adventure, located near Bayfield, WI. Lake Superior is the worlds largest fresh water lake with a surface area of 31,700 sq miles. It is 350 miles in length and 160 miles wide. Its depths can reach 1300 ft and water temperature average 40 degrees, even in the summer. Lake superior can be a dangerous lake with recorded waves of 40 ft, 350 recorded ship wrecks and fog that can set in within very little notice. This lake can also be calm and a place for exploring and adventure. The lake is clear with visibilities 27 to 100 ft. The apostle islands are a thing of beauty within themselves but this trip was to explore the sea caves near Meyers Beach.

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Before you leave to kayak this lake I can not express enough check the wind and wave reports on a weather radio before you go. If the weather is not right do not go. There are hiking trails near the sea caves which may be a better choice if you feel uncomfortable. The kayak launch area is called Meyer Beach and is located a few miles west of Bayfield, WI. Take Hwy 13 to Meyer Rd to the parking area. Arrive early as the parking lot fills quickly. There is a ranger there so make sure you sign in and then sign out when you leave. With this lake’s water temperature wear a wet suit or dry suit no matter what the air temperature is. The weekend I was there it was hot and I stupidly did not wear a wet suit. When I think back on it now I definitely should have had one on. Have rescue equipment and know how to use it. We practiced numerous times on our area small lakes getting back into our boats with a paddle float. Also wear a kayak skirt. Most of the time there will be waves which can swamp your boat. A canoe is not recommended.

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