Monday, May 18, 2009

Join us for Paddlin' the Nolichucky kickoff event!

Paddlin the Nolichucky is two week monitoring, education, and outreach trip. The trip will start at Riverside Park on the North Toe River in Spruce Pine, NC and finishing at the mouth of French Broad River, 140 miles down stream. This trip is design to monitor the water quality of the river, but to also educate the public about the challenges facing the river and highlight the river as a world class recreation destination.

The trip will feature a variety of activities for the public to join in the fun. From a camping trip to the RiverFest, make sure you don’t miss the fun!

May 23rd- 11-1pm -
Kick Off Celebration in Riverside Park, Spruce Pine, NC
The event will feature music, speakers, grilled food, raffle, and boating on the N. Toe River. Bring your own boat or rent one in the park.

May 23rd-25th
Paddling/camping trip from Spruce Pine, NC to Loafers Glory.
Sign up to join the Riverkeeper for a 1 day 1 night camping trip or a 2 day 2 night trip down 19 miles of the N. Toe and Nolichucky River. Bring your own boat and gear and get ready for an exciting two or one day paddle trip. RSVP is requested

May 26th – Rafting/paddling/Film Festival along the Nolichucky Gorge.
Bring your own boat or jump in a raft for an exciting ride down class II-IV rapids. Hang around that night for food a paddling film festival at NOC on the banks of the Nolichucky. Films will start at dark and feature kayaking films from rapid transit video along with additional environmental films.

May 30th – 10-6pm-Riverfest in Davy Crockett State Park near Greenville, TN.
A huge variety of demonstration, including catching fish and bugs in the river, making rain barrels, food, vendors, and fun!

June 2nd - 4:30 - 6pm -
Rain Barrel constructon workshop in Greenville, TN.
Don't you wish you could keep these spring rains around for the summer? By learning to build a rain barrel and taking home your very own, you can. A rain barrel captures rain runoff from your roof and can then be used to water your garden, flowers, or lawn. $60 gets you a rain barrel and the knowledge to build others. This a great way to also help the drought. The workshop will held at Ace Hardware (click for a map) )at 1023 W. Main Street. RSVP to sign up and pay.

June 6th - 8am- Rankin Bottoms Wildlife and Bird Tour
The French Broad and the Nolichucky River come together to form Douglas Lake, and Rankin Bottoms is a skinny peninsula that sticks its nose right into the middle of things. It is the best example of river bottomland in East Tennessee. Fish get trapped here, and waders, ospreys and eagles have a fine old time. It is one of the best birding areas in the state. Join a naturalist for a guided tour of this beautiful wildlife habitat. RSVP to sign up and for directions.

Stay tuned for much more information! or contact the French Broad Riverkeeper at 828-252-8474 ext. 114 or at

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