Events > 2018 > July > I Broke My Paddle - Now What?

About this event:

Created by Lisa Haskell

Tsali Recreation Area/Town Tuck Tuckaseegee River

Have you ever thought about what happens on the river after you break or lose your paddle? Are you out running rivers with a pair of hand paddles in your boat for back up but you’ve never used them? Have you ever wondered what the “flipper” side of paddling is all about? Well, this is your chance to get answers – come join us for a weekend of knuckle-dragging on the Tuckaseegee River.

Join Lisa Haskell, Jim Tebbel and Marshall Busko for a hand paddling clinic on the Tuckaseegee River. We will meet at Tsali Recreation Area on Saturday morning July 14, 2018. We will spend a bit of time at the lake working on wet exits and rolling with hand paddles. We will then paddle the Town Tuck to get a feel for using the hand paddles on moving water. On Sunday July 15, 2018 we will paddle the Tuck Gorge with hand paddles and get a feel for how they work on slightly bigger water. You will have an opportunity to find out what is different about using hand paddles and what is the same. You will need to have your own boat and gear for the weekend. We do have a few extra pairs of hand paddles available if you don’t have your own but you need to let us know if you want to use a pair. We don’t want to end up without enough sets of paddles. As always, dress for the water and weather and bring snacks, lunch and something to drink.

I will be staying at Smoky Mountain Meadows campground on Friday and Saturday nights. If you are looking to camp for the weekend you can contact them for reservations. There are also non-camping options in Bryson City if you prefer.

There is no fee for this clinic but you must be a GCA member to participate. If you don’t have a current ACA membership number, please bring $5 for the ACA insurance.

If you have any questions you can contact me at or (678) 858-2012.