Wed 6/22 – 4-9:00 PM – $5 sangria special – Sauvignon blanc, CB Frost brandy, mango, raspberries, Meyer lemons, pineapple, with fresh fruit juices – a truly summer-time refresher! Folks like the white sangrias because of their fruiti-ness dryness. We guarantee you will love it!
The Green River Narrows, also called the Narrows of the Green is a 2.9-mile section of the Green River running from Henderson County into Polk County, between the Big Hungry Creek confluence and the Fish Top access area. The river is located completely on a rugged tract of more than 14,000 acres, named the “Green River Game Lands,” and is managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission that belongs to the people of the State of North Carolina. Its primary purpose remains wildlife conservation and management with river otters, bears, deer, snakes, turtles, fish and numerous birds residing safely and freely.
Best known for being one of the most extreme kayaking runs in the Eastern US, the Green River Narrows releases its water on a on a regular basis from the Tuxedo Power station (built circa 1921) with a 100% release being equivalent to 216 cubic feet per second- a truly powerful rush of nature. The power station (located on the Lake Summit dam) utilizes a Pelton wheel type of hydro turbine that was originally created during the gold rush in 1880 by Lester Pelton. This regular flow allows for year-round kayaking and is part of the reason the Green is such a notorious and well-known river and the holy grail for whitewater enthusiasts. The river has an average gradient of 178 ft per mile with a half mile section dropping roughly 342 feet and containing 11 major class IV+ to V+ rapids. Through this area the water often channels through extremely tight slots as narrow as 4 feet wide as the river funnels through a stunning gorge. The three major rapids (“The Big Three”) are called (1) “Go Left and Die”; (2) “Gorilla” considered the most visually impressive rapid on the river consisting of the river funneling into a 4-foot-wide slot (“The Notch”) and is then immediately followed by an 18-foot waterfall (“the flume”) and then another 10-foot waterfall (“Scream Machine”); and (3) “Sunshine” with a route about 4 ft wide and mistakes here have been known to cause paralysis, and is considered the most difficult and dangerous rapid consisting of a 14-foot waterfall landing on a jagged rock shelf below. Sadly, the river is the site of several fatalities and countless other minor and major injuries. This majestic Western NC beauty is not to be taken lightly! In 2019 the Power Station was sold to Northbrook Energy who have agreed (with outside duress) to continue to keep the waters flowing.
Green River Narrows – Courvoisier, rum, Cointreau, lemon juice; Gorilla – Spanish brandy, Anisette, black tea, simple syrup; Go Left and Die – CB Frost, rum, maraschino liqueur, lime & grapefruit juices; Sunshine – CB Frost, rum, Cointreau, lime simple syrup; Scream Machine – CB Frost, rum, Curacao, dry vermouth, grenadine, ½ price US Flight