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ACA speaks up in support of a proposed no-wake zone on the Catawba River in North Carolina - 2015

The proposed no-wake zone on the Catawba River has been a subject of contention between paddlers and power boaters in North Carolina. ACA has commented on the issue, urging the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to establish the no-wake zone, allowing North Carolina boaters to safely access public waters. 

  • NCWRC Letter (Word)



Nantahala River Access - 2010

The Wayah Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service recently approved a Temporary Use Permit program for the Nantahala River.  However, since a limited number of permits are only available Monday through Thursday during the summer, this fails to meet the needs of camps and clubs.

  • ACA - AW Joint Letter (PDF)


Tuckaseegee River - Dam Removal

Thanks to the ongoing commitment of several ACA volunteers, American Whitewater and several other user groups, the dam on the Tuckaseegee River in Dillsboro, NC has finally been removed. 

After almost 10 years of red tape, Duke Energy was finally able to begin the removal process. This is one key component of the larger plan dealing with the relicensing of the dams on the Tuckaseegee and Nantahala Rivers.  Part of the agreement calls for improvements to river access and new flow releases. 

For those paddlers accustomed to floating the section upstream of the former dam site, please note that a new set of rapids have now formed and take the appropriate precautions.

Special thanks to ACA members who were integral throughout this entire process:

  • Board member, Sam Fowlkes 
  • SWR Instructor Trainer, Justin Padgett
  • Whitewater Canoe Instructor, Burt Kornegay



ACA Mission

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling, stewardship support to help protect paddling environments, and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration, and recreation.

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