Tuckasegee River

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Coordinates: 35°26′5″N 83°35′4″W / 35.43472°N 83.58444°W / 35.43472; -83.58444
Tuckasegee River
photograph of the Tuckasegee River taken from the right bank above Bryson City, North Carolina
View upriver from Old River Rd. above Bryson City
Country United States
State North Carolina
Part of Little TennesseeTennessee
OhioMississippi
Tributaries
 - left West Fork Tuckasegee River, Savannah Creek, Barkers Creek, Connelley Creek, Kirkland Creek
 - right Tanasee Creek, Caney Fork, Wayehutta Creek, Mill Creek, Scott Creek, Dicks Creek, Camp Creek, Oconaluftee River, Cooper Creek, Deep Creek, Lands Creek
Source confluence of Panthertown and Greenland creeks
 - elevation 3,969 ft (1,210 m)
 - coordinates 35°10′6″N 83°0′41″W / 35.16833°N 83.01139°W / 35.16833; -83.01139
Mouth
 - location Lake Fontana
 - elevation 1,703 ft (519 m)
 - coordinates 35°26′5″N 83°35′4″W / 35.43472°N 83.58444°W / 35.43472; -83.58444
Length 60 mi (97 km)
Basin 655 sq mi (1,696 km2)
Discharge for Bryson City
 - average 1,584 cu ft/s (45 m3/s)
 - max 61,600 cu ft/s (1,744 m3/s)
 - min 31 cu ft/s (1 m3/s)
map showing the drainage basin of the Little Tennessee River
The Little Tennessee drainage basin

The Tuckasegee River (variant spellings include Tuckaseegee and Tuckaseigee) flows entirely within western North Carolina. It begins its course in Jackson County above Cullowhee at the confluence of Panthertown and Greenland creeks. It flows in a northwesterly direction into Swain County and through the center of Bryson City, North Carolina. The river passes around the Bryson City Island Park, where it then enters Fontana Lake and then the Little Tennessee River.

The name Tuckasegee may be an anglicisation of the Cherokee language word daksiyi—[takhšiyi] in the local Cherokee variety—‘Turtle Place.’ The river is dotted with stone fishing weirs built by Native Americans; this practice may have preceded the Cherokee in the area. The weirs are most easily viewed when water levels are low.[1]

Fishing, hiking and paddling are among the recreational opportunities along the river.

It was the location used for the trainwreck / river escape scene in the movie "The Fugitive", starring Harrison Ford.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See Anne Frazier Rogers, “Fish weirs as part of the cultural landscape,” Appalachian Cultural Resources Workshop Papers, National Park Service. Photo of the Allman fish weir discussed in the paper.

"Tuckasegee River". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-07-01.