• Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:55 PM | James Parnell (Administrator)

    This month’s TSRA 3rd Saturday Paddle Trip was on the Elk River TN. (Class I) June 18th, 2022 (Saturday). We paddled 12 river miles from Elkton TN - US 31 Bridge (put in) to Prospect TN - Veto Rd Bridge (take out).The weather turned out perfect! It was a little hot outside, but we took several swim breaks that kept us cool. This section of the Elk River is gorgeous with abundant wildlife all around. It is very remote mostly forested farmland riverbanks, and we did not see but one structure on the entire 12-mile stretch. Richland Creek tributaries into the Elk at approximately mile 6 of this section and has a great shaded sand bar that makes a good midway lunch break area. The water has a constant flow of about 650cfs of cool water even with zero generators from the Tim’s Ford Dam. Both the put in and take out have good gravel parking lots and concrete accessible ramps. You will not be disappointed on this section of Elk!

    Check out the Gallery for photos!

  • Monday, May 16, 2022 12:00 PM | James Parnell (Administrator)

     So for those of you that didn’t know, we had planned this years “Jack Lyle Memorial Paddle” to coincide with the May’s 1st Saturday paddle trip. Unfortunately, the weather created high water conditions on the Big South Fork (BSF), and we were forced to seek another location. We ended up on the West Fork of the Obey. Following the trip, we shared memories of Jack and how he impacted our lives. We also decided that to properly honor Jack, we would plan another trip the following weekend on BSF. The BSF meant a lot to Jack, and we wanted to share that with others. We had two paddlers doing their personal 1st descents. For one, it was his actual first whitewater paddling experience. It was a chance encounter, and we were able to accommodate him with all the PPE and paddling instruction before pushing off in a Slice. Needless to say, it was a great experience. Following our paddle, we also conducted the awarding of the coveted Jack Lyle Plunger Award. Though it was not by a landslide, the final vote once again was awarded to two individuals. For their savvy paddling abilities and the knack to show everyone where NOT to go, the award went to Stacee and Jess. They graciously accepted the coveted award, and I am sure they are eager to present it next year. Please help us honor Jack and memorialize him next year on May 6, 2023. >Gallery<

    Date -  May 15, 2022

    Location - Clear Fork @ Burnt Mill Bridge to Big South Fork @ O&W

    Level - 919 cfs @ Leatherwood

  • Tuesday, March 08, 2022 12:38 PM | James Parnell (Administrator)

    So this is our 3rd paddle in the series of 1st Saturday Paddle trips and they are becoming very popular. We had 16 paddlers in our group this past Saturday with the best weather you could ask for in March! The water level was about 300cfs with sunny skies and low 70s.  Skill levels across the board from beginner to pro boater and everything in between. 

    We started out at Barnett Bridge with a nice warm up and more play than that section typically see's, I'm sure. Once at Jett we pulled in to take a break and grab some snacks and stretch our legs then headed on down. As the rapids picked up so did the playing. There were spins, squirts, kart wheels, attainments, hairy fairies, eddy catching, practice rolls, and more. Everyone stayed in there boat and had a blast! I believe we were out there about 5 hrs. We even had another large group to pass us up. 

    If you want to join us for the next 1st Saturday Paddle trip you will need to register for Rendezvous. If the full registration doesn't sound right for you there is a Saturday only option that also gets all the Rendezvous swag, access to Camp Nakanawa showers and join us Saturday evening for the big Rendezvous auction. If you don't know Rendezvous is TSRA's largest fund raising event and plays host to hundreds of paddlers from all over. To get all the swag register before March 16th.

    >>> REGISTER HERE <<<

  • Sunday, January 02, 2022 6:04 PM | James Parnell (Administrator)

    The 1st 1st Saturday Paddle trip is in the books. The weather was questionable going into the weekend as was the location. Our hope was Barnett Bridge to Lilly on Clear Creek but rain forecasted the evening prior threatened more than the banks would hold. That morning a check of the gage showed 841 CFS and holding, perfect! Weather forecast for the day was scattered showers, heavy at times wind gust up to 30mph and a high of 70°. We did get a couple of showers, the most persistent as we approached Lilly rapid. Winds were not bad, when it did blow, they were remarkably warm and welcoming. It really turned out to be the perfect day.

    Our group was 11 paddlers and a shuttle bunny (Thank you!). The paddle included some play and attainments with a short break at Jet to refuel. I believe a great day of paddling was had by everyone.

    We are all looking forward to the next 1st Saturday, February 5th. Location to be determined. Hope to see you on the river!

    Checkout a few of the pics here.


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