Tuckasegee River (Above NC Hwy 107 Bridge to Confluence of East/West Forks)

Categories: Play, Fishing, Fishing for Hatchery Supported Trout


  •  Hatchery Supported Trout Fishing W/Valid N.C. Wildlife License 
  •  Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout 
  •  No lure restrictions limit 7 trout per licensed angler 
  •  No minimum trout length 
  •  4.5 mile stretch of river 
  •  Suggested starting point at the East Laporte River Access Area

The Local Scoop

We recommend this section of the Tuckasegee River to any and all fishermen. The access is easy and the river has a nice population of Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout due to the support of the hatchery. We suggest accessing this section via the East LaPorte River Access Area. Here you'll find a large parking area, covered pavilion, picnic tables, volleyball court, basketball court, a nice grassy area for kids to run around and play in and very easy access to the river. You can either go up the river or down. Just above you, Caney Fork comes into the Tuckasegee and is a very good size creek. You may want to venture into it a little. Be aware that a couple of miles downstream is a large bridge over the Tuckasegee via Hwy 107. From the bridge on down to the town of Dillsboro the river is designated "Delayed Harvest Waters" and you will need to review those restrictions if you wish fish below the bridge. We provide those here on the site in a couple of places. Take a picnic lunch with you and take advantage of the East LaPorte River Access Area; bring the whole family for a nice day on the river.

Note:  The map location on this page is where the East & West Forks of the Tuckasegee come together (confluence).  We suggest accessing this stretch of river from the "East Laporte River Access Area."

The Local Directions

From Cullowhee, NC and Western Carolina University (just off of N.C. Hwy-107) take N.C. Hwy-107 South for 3.7 miles to East LaPorte River Access Area on your Right. Look for a small gated drive into a larger area with Pavilion, Parking, Volleyball/Basketball Courts.

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Tuckasegee, NC 28783
Jackson County
Nearest City
Distance From
FROM (Town): Cullowhee, 4.6 miles HIKE: Roadside Access