Wow, it’s time for another 1st Saturday Series Paddle! So, where to? Since the natural flow is very unpredictable this time of year and July’s Pigeon trip was not only awesome but several are asking for it again, we’ll take to Hartford, TN once again and paddle the Pigeon Gorge. For those that are not familiar with this section it is a very fun and playable paddle with a couple class III+ and several class II/III. Some consider it the next step up from Nantahala Gorge. Perfect for those getting comfortable with class III and are interested in a taste of the (slightly) next level.
Also, if you are interested, we plan to camp at Firefox Campground in Hartford Friday and Saturday. It’d be sweet if you could join us either or both nights. Just remember you’ll need to make your camping reservation through the campground @ 502.641.5369. Aside from some interesting stories I am sure there will be discussion of a trip on Sunday. Don’t miss it!
Every 1st Saturday of every month in 2022 you will find us paddling a whitewater river or creek somewhere in Tennessee. We welcome all to join us. We will keep it on natural flow as much as possible. When water gets scarce, we’ll resort to the dam releases at Hiwassee, Ocoee, and Pigeon. Some weekends are predetermined with the assumption there will be enough flow. These will correspond with other events such as Rendezvous (Clear Creek), Jack Lyle Memorial Paddle (Big South Fork), Canoe & Kayak School Follow-up Paddle (Hiwassee). Other trips we will try to predict water levels and update the location at least 2 weeks out based off of present water levels and expected rainfall. Just like the water we’ve got to be fluid. Things can change pretty quick.
Expect Class II through Class IV. Don’t rule a paddle out though due to difficulty. Some ratings are based off of 1 or 2 rapids that in many cases can be portaged. If in doubt, ask us! Just a few rivers you are likely to see:
Ø Big South Fork (Confluence to Leatherwood Ford) II-IV
Ø Clear Creek (Jet to Lilly) II+(III)
Ø Clear Creek (Lilly to Nemo) II-IV
Ø Obey, West Fork II
Ø Tellico (Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station) II-III
We will occasionally make a weekend out of it and camp close to the river. Not a requirement to paddle but could be an option if you like. We’ll keep you posted when and where we plan to camp. Who knows, if we feel like it, we may do it again on Sunday.
TSRA membership is not required however there will be a $10 registration fee for nonmembers per trip. If you like us and think you will join us again, apply that $10 towards a membership and paddle next time with no registration fee.