Valley River Float

Valley River Float

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Mainspring Board Member and Murphy local Johnny Strawn will lead us on this float of the Valley River, from Welch Farm down to Mason Branch. Along the way we hope to see the Sicklefin Redhorse run, a rare and threatened native fish that can grow to over 2 feet long and live for 20 years! Regardless of Redhorse activity, we may see herons, ospreys, otters, and other river creatures. Johnny will also introduce us to his favorite spots along the river and the beautiful Mason Branch wetland.

This 3-4 mile, bring-your-own-kayak float should take 2-3 hours. River condition depends on recent rains, but last year there were a few minor white water sections and some shallow areas with exposed rocks. This float is not suitable for canoes (unless very experienced) or paddleboards. We recommend sit-in kayaks. Two staff members with Swiftwater Rescue certifications will be present during this event. Please, no pets or children under 14.

We will meet at Welch Farm off the Nantahala Scenic Byway (Rt 74/129/19), just before 9am on Tuesday, May 14th. The entrance to the parking lot is a little less than 1/2 mile east of the intersection with Marble Plant Rd, on the eastbound side of the highway. Please bring your kayak, a life vest, drinking water, and sun protection. We will put in at Welch Farm and take out at Mason Branch. Following the float, participants and their boats will be shuttled back to Welch Farm. This event should run for 3-4 hours.

This event is donation-based, suggested donation is $15Donations can be made online (select “Upcoming Event” from the drop-down menu), or through cash or check at the event. Please give what you can, but not more than you can. Your support allows us to protect the special creatures, plants, landscapes, and heritage of WNC for all to enjoy!

Space is limited, so fill out the form on our website to register and secure your spot for this special event. Email Skye with any questions. Please leave pets at home.

Additional Details

Name of contact person - Skye Cahoon

Country - United States

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Date And Time

2024-05-14 @ 09:00 (EDT) to
2024-05-14 @ 14:00 (EDT)

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