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  • Dillsboro River Company | Rafting in Western North Carolina

    Mom-Approved Whitewater Rafting on the Tuckasegee River Welcome to Dillsboro River Company. We provide family-friendly whitewater rafting on the Tuckasegee River, just outside of Dillsboro, Sylva, and Bryson City, North Carolina. The Tuckasegee is the ideal river for first-time rafters, families with young children (minimum age limit is 4), and those who want more of a relaxing river trip with warmer water and the milder Class I & II rapids. ​ Guided Trips Self Guided Tubing About The Tuckasegee River The “Tuck” as the locals fondly call it, gets it start in the Cashiers and Panthertown area of Jackson County. It drops and winds through six reservoirs that vary in size from one to two acres to as large as major lakeside communities. The Tuck is then reborn in the community of Tuckasegee about 18 miles south of our location. This is good because the temperature of the water coming out of the powerhouses is about 55 degrees!! By the time the dam-released water reaches us it has warmed up to 65-70 degrees. The rapids of the Tuck are the Class II drop and pool variety. This means that after each of the rapids there is typically a pool of calm to slower-moving water. Class I means mild moving water, and Class II means moving water with a wave or two. The official whitewater rapids rating system goes all the way up to Class VI. Class V is hardcore, difficult rafting with huge rapids. Class VI is beyond the limits of navigability. Warm water combined with Class I and II rapids is why we have a minimum requirement of only 4 years old or 40lbs. for kids. What is the correct spelling of “Tuckaseegee”? There are three spellings that are commonly found here in our Western North Carolina region: Tuckasegee, Tuckaseegee, and Tuckaseigee. The word comes from the Cherokee word “Di-gah-se” and means place of the turtle. ​ Our Location and Amenities Dillsboro River Company is located directly by the riverside on the Tuckasegee, in the town of Dillsboro, North Carolina. The check-in desk, changing rooms / bathrooms and parking lot are all within yards of our easy and private access to the river. Our take-out is located 5.5 miles downstream, and also has bathrooms. The shuttle back to the put-in takes about 8 minutes. The Dillsboro River Company store is a beautiful barn style cabin overlooking the Tuck. We carry everything you will need to have a great trip down the river, such as sunscreen (complimentary), water ($2 a bottle), river shoes ($9.95 / pair), and snacks (range from .75 to $2.50). Your safety is important to us. Please refrain from bringing any drugs or alcohol onto our property (this includes both rentals and shuttles). . If you choose to bring bags or coolers on your river adventure, we reserve the right to search the contents. We have a zero tolerance policy ​

  • Self Guided Rafting Trips | Great Smoky Mountains

    SELF-GUIDED RAFTING TRIPS & RENTALS High quality boat rentals are available for North Carolina rafting trips on the Tuckasegee River. Choose from self-bailing rafts and inflatable kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, and new tubes. The Tuckasegee River, with its warmer waters than other area rivers and fun class II rapids are a perfect match for families. Our extensive rental fleet has something for everyone. Rafts Our rafts are light and easy to handle for the average family. The otters are very stable option for the family or groups looking for an all-together river trip. Minimum age of 4 or 40 lbs. Adults - $20 Kids - $15 (12 and under) Tandem Inflatable Kayaks More maneuverable than rafts and our most popular boat. A great option for a family of five with one younger child is for two of the older kids to paddle an inflatable kayak (aka as a "duck" or "duckie") together with mom and dad with one child in a raft. *At least one person in the the double duck must be an adult. Adults - $22 Kids - $17 (12 and under) Solo Inflatable Kayaks and Sit-On-Top Kayaks For folks looking for some extra adventure and challenge, and are ready to get wet! These boats are great fun on this mild river. It helps to know how to paddle (at least a little bit). This option is available for those 13 years of age and older. $30 per boat Please reload

  • Tubing | dillsboro

    Tubing the Tuck We offer tubing on two sections of the Tuckasegee! . We have invested in the most advanced tubes to run class II rapids. Our tubes are made from the same materials as our rafts and is guaranteed tough. This is a whitewater run through 5.5 miles of class 1 and 2 rapids. Downstream High Adventure Tubing is for participants who are in good physical condition 16 years or older *If you are considering this trip because you're thinking it is easier than a rafting trip or inflatable kayak, this is not the trip for you. ​ $20 per participant (One member of your party must be 18 years or older.) Plus * $5 per mini paddle . We drive you 3.5 miles upstream and you float back to Dillsboro River Company. There is a short mandatory portage on this section. Upstream tubing is more on the mild side ​ $20 per participant (One member of your party must be 18 years or older) Plus * $5 per mini paddle ​ Tubing trip are 2-4 hours pending water levels. ​ *Our tubes are adult size. A small child would have difficulty maneuvering in one of our tubes therefore this activity is not suited for groups with small children. Please instead consider rafting or inflatable kayaks - - a great option! ​ . Sorry, no exceptions. Launch times are from 10-2 ​ No coolers. For your safety, we have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol. Save that kind of fun for after the run.

  • About Us | dillsboro

    Meet the Gelbaugh’s! ​ We couldn’t be happier as we enter our 2nd year as owners of Dillsboro River Company (DRC), the home of mom-approved rafting on the Tuckasegee River! Last year brought so much joy seeing familiar faces in the paddling community as well as making new friends and sharing in their excitement as they discover river fun IS for everyone. Late fall we were pleased to open our first airbnb ( ), with plans for a second airbnb location later this year. Rain or shine, we think it is always a great day for some river time! We hope you will join us in 2020 making memories on the Tuckasegee. https://airbnb.com/h/doubledropsguestsuite ​ ​ - I grew up playing in/paddling on a section of the Kalamazoo River through Plainwell MI. We could walk to the put in and float home:) I paddled many Michigan rivers and some on the big lakes too. Along the way I met a friend who introduced me to the Chattooga River in South Carolina where I met Mary! I was hooked (on whitewater) and haven't left the southeast since. Over the last 15 years I’ve guided commercial raft trips on the Chattooga, French Broad, Nantahala, Ocoee, Cheoah, Tuckasegee, Nolichucky, and Pigeon Rivers. Long before we started operating DRC I considered the Tuck my home river, open canoe is my craft of choice. These days I mostly enjoy sharing it with all of you! Adam - Native to Sylva, North Carolina my first memories on the river began right here on the Tuckasegee River in a canoe with my parents and older brother. My interest in paddling led me to Nantahala Outdoor Center where I enjoyed over a decade of employment in all facets of the industry meeting lots of great folks, including Adam. I explored the west on the migratory winter west snow, summer east paddle circuit for a number of seasons before settling permanently in Sylva. Along the way I earned degrees in Parks and Rec and Holistic Nutrition. My interest in natural health led me to join the team at Wilson Family Chiropractic in 2009. When I’m not helping to get folks get straightened out you’ll find me at the Dillsboro River Company helping you get out on the water! ​Mary - Seth did a few guide alongs on the Nantahala and a canoe trip down Section 2 on the Chattooga in utero. We began taking Seth on the Tuck around a year and a half old. It doesn’t matter if winter or summer Seth is always ready for river adventure, especially if we have good snacks. His favorite river craft is an inflatable raft filled with family and friends for a relaxing float with moments of joy going through the rapids on the Tuckasegee river. Seth - Wren must have had some in utero Tuck trips too. Upon birth we waited a year and a half like Seth for Wren’s first Tuckasegee float upon which she fell asleep. In fact, almost every river trip Wren has gone on she falls asleep. The peace of the river rocks our little gal to sweet dreams. ​ Wren

  • Calendar | dillsboro

    The Tuckasegee River is dam controlled with an East Fork river release of 500 cfs and West Fork river release of 250 cfs. When planning your river adventures these are the best days to schedule.

  • Tuckasegee River Water Levels | East and West Fork

    WATER LEVELS EXPLAINED The Tuckaseegee is a dammed controlled river. It has two forks, an East and a West. ​ The East Fork releases 500 CFS while the West Fork releases 250 CFS (Cubic Feet Per Second). East Fork release days are typical Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 am-3:30 pm. West Fork release days are typical Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Mondays typically have no scheduled release. The dams are located 20 and 25 miles upstream. It takes anywhere from 8-10 hours for the water to travel to our launch site. July has more East Fork days due to higher volume of tourists in the area. West Fork days are good for folks looking for a slower pace and don't mind dealing with some shallow areas. West Fork water temperatures are warmer and make for great swimming stops. We recommend our inflatable kayaks on West Fork Days for the 5 mile trip. East Fork days are for folks that are looking for faster water with less shallow areas. If you want to go in a raft than the East Fork is for you.

  • Reserve a Rafting Trip | North Carolina Whitewater

    Reservations Full payment is required to reserve your space. We operate Rain or Shine. Only DRC staff can cancel or postpone a trip due to inclement weather. Refunds are available in full 48 hours before your trip. 50% refund or a full credit is available before 24 hours of your trip. No Refund or Credit is available within 24 hours of your trip. ​ Please call (828) 507-2428, text (828) 788-8829 or email (dillsbororivercompany828@gmail.com) to secure your reservation. We look forward to hosting you on the Tuckasegee River! Reservation Policy Altered for COVID-19

  • Fly Fishing Trips | dillsboro

    BOOK A FLY FISHING TRIP Full Day Wading Trips Full day trips includes lunch, soft drinks, and a guaranteed good time! 1 Person - $275 2 Person - $350 3 Person - $425 ​ ​ ​ ​ Half Day Wading Trips Half day trips include drinks and snacks. 1 Person - $200 2 Person - $275 3 Person - $325 ​ ​ Float Trips - Half Day 2 anglers per boat $350 - Half Day ​ ​ ​ Float Trips - Full Day 2 anglers per boat $425 - Full Day ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ FLY FISHING Based out of Sylva, North Carolina, we are fortunate to be surrounded by world class fishing rivers and streams, including the and the rivers and streams within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We specialize in full and half day wade trips, as well as float trips for many species including trout, smallmouth bass, and more. All gear is included. Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail Our fishing guides are highly experienced locals and natives of our Appalachian region. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, we strive to make each and every fishing trip a successful and memorable experience. We cater to all ages, including families and children. ​ Learn more about our in downtown Sylva and our and . Orvis Fly Shop Fishing Guide Service

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Sunday 10am - 2pm


Monday - closed

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Tuesday 10am - 2pm 

Wednesday 10am - 2pm

Thursday 10am - 2pm 

Friday 10am - 2pm 

Saturday 10am - 2pm 

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You must check in no later than 2pm to rent a boat for self guided rafting, high adventure tubing or inflatable kayaks (*Sundays by noon*).


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Dillsboro River Company / 18 Macktown Rd Sylva, NC 28779 / 828.507.2428 

Rafting and Tubing do have inherent risk and by participating you do assume this risk for you and the minors in your care.  DRC has an excellent safety record and works hard to minimize this risk.  Make sure you consult with your family doctor if you have any underlying medical conditions.