Water Levels and Rafting Schedule

What you need to know to plan your adventure.

When planning a rafting trip, the first question that many ask is "When are rafting trips available"? Here in the Smoky Mountains that question is not always easy to answer.

The Pigeon River is dam controlled. What does this mean for you and your group? Well, when water is released from the dam, rafting trips are just what you expect in a whitewater adventure – crashing waves and exciting rapids. When water is not released, the river changes significantly. Rapids decrease in size, and there will be more rocks then you can shake a stick at. Understandably, these low water conditions are not what many guests expect when signing up for a rafting adventure.

Fortunately, we have scheduled water release days. In the 2016 rafting season, scheduled water release days begin April 27th and extending until the first Saturday in September.

If you are planning to visit the Smokies in the early spring or fall, outside of the scheduled water release days, we still have options available.

We want to provide the best rafting experience possible. To do that, we avoid running low-water trips. That doesn't mean we're not open for business, it just means that we have developed a few strategies to keep things running smoothly. If you're planning to schedule a rafting trip during the fall or early spring, please keep in mind the following:

  • Each trip will have a Call-In Time 3 hours before your scheduled check-in time. When you call, we will provide an update on the projected water levels for that day, before you depart for our outpost.
  • Trips are subject to rescheduling and cancellation based on water levels
  • No fee will be charged for any trips that we reschedule or cancel

Trips are still available for reservation both online and by phone (toll free at 877.642.7238).

"One of our families greatest adventures ever!!! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made us all feel like pros. We were nervous, but the guides explained everything very thoroughly. And with all the safety features we knew we were in good hands! The views were absolutely stunning! We highly highly recommend it to anyone!!"

– Tara, Wisconson

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