North Carolina is always alluring to Floridians. It beckons us with visions of mountain vistas, cool waterfalls, rushing rivers. Sounded like just the right trip. We searched online for cabins, and settled on our cabin “Sadie’s Retreat.” We left Lutz at 6 am, arriving just before the sun set over the mountains in full view from the front porch of our new home away from home. We were thrilled! We spent almost all evenings cooking on the grill and watching the sunset which inspired my vacation painting below.
The nights were cool and refreshing compared to our Florida home, but the days were still pretty dern hot. The solution was simple: Lets Tube down the Broad River. Our search brought us to River Creek Campground.
The Broad River and its tributaries feed beautiful Lake Lure with over 10 million gallons of water per day. Like many lakes created by damming one end of a river, The water needs to be released on the downstream side. The release is calculated based on the water height in the lake, Releases can be daily in the event of heavy rain or snow melt. In the event of drought, water may be released only every several days. On days when the downstream Broad River is dryer, tubing is impossible. On release days, however, the river boldly flows and water levels increase above the level of the many rocks in its bed creating small rapids and a really good time tubing.