The section consists of mostly Class I and II waters. Some experience is necessary to navigate this section safely. There are multiple rapids that require an accurate read to avoid tipping your boat. Skirts are recommended for kayakers.
DIRECTIONS: Lake Lure Dam/Island Creek Rd to Rock Springs Church Rd
This section is only runnable if the dam is running or after significant rain. The dam generally operates only on weekdays with Mondays and Fridays the most common days, depending on rain. Call 828-625-9227 for the daily release schedule.
OUTFITTER: River Creek Tubing
River Creek Tubing uses Lake Lure Baptist Church for it's tubing trips. If not being outfitted by River Creek there is a very small unmarked riverside gravel area upriver near Island Creek Rd. This is not an official public access but is used. Can fit 2-3 cars. Scramble down bank to get in river.
TAKE-OUT: River Creek Campground - not a public take-out but can be arranged by calling ahead to campground. Please check in with owners and ask where to park. Suggested offer of $5 for parking and using access. River Creek will shuttle you if they and their van are available. Additional unofficial options along US 64/74-A before Rock Springs Ch Rd with a small graveled parking areas and a worn paths to the river.
Keep your maps in a plastic bag to protect them from the rain and know how to use them. GPS units are great, but they are not substitutes for knowing how to use a map and compass.