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Nantahala Lake - 5 Day Message History

Last Update: 8/31/2015 3:50:23 PM
In order to facilitate work for site enhancements, Duke Energy will temporarily close the Rocky Branch Access Area on Lake Nantahala beginning September 8. Improvements to the Rocky Branch Access Area include paving the parking lot and constructing an accessible restroom and fishing pier. The boat ramp will be closed to the public to facilitate the construction activities. During this period, guests may launch boats at the Big Choga Access Area located on Big Choga Road in Macon County. The work at the Rocky Branch Access Area is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015 based on weather conditions.

Last Update: 8/3/2015 3:20:18 PM
Duke Energy will partially open a spillway gate at the Nantahala Dam on Friday, August 14, 2015 around noon and close the gate around 4PM. Estimated flows are expected to be close to the 250 cfs Nantahala River Bypass recreation release at the Cascades from approximately 4 PM until 7 PM. Note that the Nantahala River Bypass will have elevated flows down to the Nantahala Powerhouse until 8 PM or later. WARNING: High flows and the natural environment of the bypassed reach can create dangerous conditions. Fishermen should be alert to rapidly changing flow and dangerous conditions. We continue to closely monitor conditions and operate the hydro system to reduce impacts. Updated lake levels are available any time at www.Duke-Energy.com/lakes and at 800-829-5253. As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions. We will provide additional updates if conditions change.