Cullowhee Canoe Slalom to draw paddlers to Tuckaseigee River on Sept. 9

WCU faculty member Debby Singleton and her husband, Mark Singleton, ply the waters of the Tuckaseigee River during the Cullowhee Canoe Slalom.

The eight annual Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 9.

Competition will begin at 9 a.m. just downstream from the greenway bridge at Locust Creek on Old Cullowhee Road. The course will include nine gates on flat but moving water and competition with canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided, but kayakers and paddle boarders are expected to bring their own boats.

The course will be erected by 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and will be open until 7 p.m. that day for practice.

Registration is available at the offices of WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee, located in the Campus Recreation Center, and online by visiting and clicking on the link for the Cullowhee Canoe Slalom in the trips and clinics calendar. Registration will not be available the day of the event. The entry fee is $5 per person, per event.

Event organizers are students from WCU’s Parks and Recreation Management Program and Base Camp Cullowhee and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Parks and Recreation Management Scholarship Fund.

For more information, call Base Camp Cullowhee at 828-227-8813.