Swimming on the Cape Fear River

I had a chance to paddle the Cape Fear river last week.  Unusual for eastern North Carolina, there’s some really good class II whitewater mixed in with flat water sections between Lillington, NC and Erwin, NC.

The water was significantly above normal – 4.54 feet on Monday and just under 4′ on Tuesday, so rapids were pretty energetic.  And Shaw’s Great Falls?  (The one place where you have class III water when the river is up?)  It made certain I had the opportunity to take a swim and cool off!