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North Carolina whitewater, Broad River

Rutherford county, Lake Lure Dam to Route 1181 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     7.4 miles
  The Lake Lure Dam to Route 1181 section of Broad River in North Carolina is 7.4 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. If you're coming from Forest City it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not
    familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wonderful Rutherford County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. There's camping available near Broad
River. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. Lodging is available near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Lake Lure Dam to Route  
1181 section is just one of many. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're stopping by Broad River from Lake Lure, you won't be the only one. For the period of the summer months, highs frequently are in the 80's at Broad River. When the night sets in temperatures drop down into the 60's. Daytime highs throughout the winter are in the 40's while Broad River overnight low temperatures all through the winter are in the 20's. Broad River is a wet spot that gets a great deal of rainfall.

Broad River, Lake Lure Dam to Route 1181 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Broad River.
 Whitewater Near Broad River:
Broad River, Rutherford County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.4 miles long (Lake Lure Dam to Route 1181)
Broad River, Rutherford County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.8 miles long (Route 1181 to North Carolina Route 1004)
Green River, Polk County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.2 miles long (North Carolina Route 9 below Lake Adger Dam to North Carolina Route 1005)
Rocky Broad River, Henderson/Buncombe County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.6 miles long (Bridge at Flat Creek Road to Bridge at US Route 64)
Rocky Broad River, Henderson/Rutherford County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (Along Route 64/74 to Lake Lure at Chimney Rock)
Catawba River, McDowell/Burke County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Route 1234 Bridge to US Route 221 Bridge)
Cove Creek, polk County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (to Green River)
Green River, Henderson County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 3.7 miles long (Tuxedo Powerplant to above Hungry Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Green River Adventures, Polk County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Hungry Creek, Henderson/ Polk County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.3 miles long (Big Hungry Road to Green)
 Ski Areas Near Broad River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 47 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 54 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 84 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 88 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 99 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Broad River:
The 1927 Lake Lure Inn And Spa, Lake Lure , 6 miles away
Days Inn Columbus Tryon, Columbus , 10 miles away
The Firehouse Inn, Rutherfordton , 13 miles away
1906 Pine Crest Inn Restaura, Tryon , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn Marion, Marion , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Broad River:
River Creek Campground, Rutherfordton, 1 miles away
Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort, Lake Lure, 4 miles away
Hitching Post Campground, Mill Spring, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Broad River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 31 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 22 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 24 miles away
Paris Mountain State Park, South Carolina , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Broad River:
Apple Valley Golf Course, Lake Lure , 3 miles away
Bald Mountain Golf Course, Lake Lure , 4 miles away
Lake Lure Golf Course, Lake Lure , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Broad River
Lake Lure, Rutherford , 4 miles away
Bald Mountain Lake, Rutherford , 5 miles away
Lake Tomahawk, Buncombe , 18 miles away

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