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COURTESY OF SUP KENTUCKY

Challenges: Watershed efforts to add
crucial riparian buffer zones along the
Forks and river continue to be difficult as
development grows.
Get Involved:
* Lower Howard's Creek Nature and
Heritage Preserve (lowerhowardscreek.
org): "The primary purposes of the Preserve
[240 acres immediately upstream from the
confluence of the Creek and the Kentucky
River] are to protect rare species, protect
and interpret historical/archaeological resources, conduct scientific research, protect and restore natural communities and
foster environmental education."

Watauga River
Although the exact translation is lost
in time, this river's name is thought to
mean "beautiful water" or possibly "the
land beyond" in original Native American
languages. Mountain peaks, crystal clear
streams and rare mountain bog wetlands
abound in Watauga's relatively undisturbed river basin ecosystem.
Description: Flowing 78 miles northwest from North Carolina into Tennessee,
this river possesses a variety of aquatic

The Kentucky River and its forks begin in eastern Kentucky and flow westward.

characteristics. Shallow waters rush over
river stones; deep pools harbor fish; and
whitewater races past limestone bluffs and
their caves at Bee Cliff Rapids. Two dams
impound reservoirs on the Tennessee side.
What to do: The daily cold-water release
from Wilbur Dam makes the 16 miles of
tailwater below a designated trophy loca-

tion for rainbow and brown trout. Find
wading spots in the upper waters.
Cross the river via the Appalachian
Trail over Watauga Dam. And, the lake offers camping, picnicking, boating, swimming and other developed recreational
activities.
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