APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip & Picnic

11:00 am

River Trip Logistics

NOLICHUCKY GORGE River Trip (Class III/IV*) lead by APE’s Cruise Director, Wesley R. Bradley and Jennifer Bradley.

Cost: $5.00 for USA Raft bus shuttle.

*Please be mindful of the water level for the day and your whitewater skill set.  Please also ensure you bring a whitewater boat suitable for the river conditions.  Low water flow (<600 CFS) will be more technical with a creek like feel and broaches will occur more often without good boat control.  Higher water flow (1,200> CFS) will be more pushy and swims can be long and boat/gear lose can occur.  We will have the trip from 250 - 3,000 CFS.  However, to ensure the safety of all participants on this trip we will require 1st timers to execute a few basic paddling maneuvers and/or practice rolls/self rescue in flat water to qualify at the put-in before we head on down the river, if the river flow is not in optimal ranges (600-1,200 CFS)

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost on their new adjacent property (former NOC property – This will be the trip take-out) at 11:00 A.M.  USA Raft will be shuttling our group up to the put-in using one of their raft buses and a boat trailer.  This will make our logistics for shuttling very easy and our cars will be waiting for us back at the take out when we get off the river!

Please bring $5.00 to help cover the cost of this shuttle ride.


LOWER NOLICHUCKY River Trip (USA Raft Outpost to Sawmill – Class I-II) lead by APE’s Cruise Director, Debbie Briscoe.

Plan to play a lot and maybe even stop & go swimming with a snack break included to make it a fun day on the lower!

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost on their new adjacent property (former NOC property – This will be the trip put-in) at 12:00 P.M. to set shuttle for the Lower Noli Trip.

Map link to USA Raft Nolichucky Outpost: https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&q=usa+raft+nolichucky&fb=1&gl=us&hq=usa+raft+nolichucky&cid=0,0,2318511328506691564&ei=UiAIULu9GI6k8QTzsdSZBA&ved=0CKsBEPwSMAM


APE’s Picnic

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost on their new adjacent property (former NOC property) at 6:00 P.MWe will be at the large screened porch with kitchen.  This will provide for more privacy and better parking, please make sure to park at the new property.

This is our last big “get together” for the year.  We will have tasty food catered by Barberitos (http://www.barberitos.com/) at USA Raft when we get off the river!  Please feel free to bring any side dishes or deserts to share with the group.

If you are an APE’s member the meal will be FREE and non-APE’s members can chow down with us for $10.00 per person (Includes APE’s membership!).  We will also provide water and sweet tea for beverages at the picnic.  If you do wish to bring adult beverages to the picnic, USA Raft has asked that you drink them from a cup (NO glass or cans!).  You may also want to bring a folding chair due to limited seating.


What to bring:

  • $5.00 per person for shuttle, if running Noli Gorge
  • Appropriate whitewater boat, paddle & gear that you own (Yes, I will sing the song while we are loading!)
  • $10.00 to eat at picnic per person, if you’re not an APE’s member.  This will get you signed up as an APE’s member through 2018 and cover your meal!
  • Folding chair for picnic
  • Feel free to bring side dish or dessert to share at picnic.



To sign-ups for this event please send the following information for each person attending to Wesley R. Bradley:

  1. Full name
  2. River running section (Gorge or Lower)
  3. Are you a first timer on the run?
  4. Are you eating at picnic meal?

Please e-mail, text or message Wesley with your RSVP by 8/17/2017.


Event Contacts

Noli Gorge River Trip & Picnic- Wesley R. Bradley: 423-647-1321, dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com

Lower Noli River Trip – Debbie Briscoe: 423-534-3636, ldcakes@hotmail.com

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We hope to see you on the Noli and the picnic!

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