kayaking near Crossville in october
Posted by: rppaddler on Aug-26-12 6:03 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-26-12 6:32 PM EST --
Will be going to Crossville Tennessee in october and wanted to see if there were any locations you could recommend within an hour or two of Crossville.We are into quiet waters.lakes and rivers not above class 2.always enjoy less populated locations where you have shade,areas you can get out and eat lunch & nice scenery.thanks for any places you can suggest.
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- kayaking near Crossville in october - rppaddler - Aug-26-12 6:03 PM
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Posted by: pblanc on Aug-27-12 3:48 PM (EST)
After this dry summer little is flowing in east Tennessee. I know little about the large lakes which are impoundments of the Tennessee River, the Cumberland River or the Caney Fork River. I would expect them to have considerable motor traffic.
There are a couple of excellent rivers fairly close to Crossville but whether they will be boatable in October depends on whether there is considerable rain between now and then or not.
Crossville is basically where US Rt 127 crosses I 40. If you drive a short distance north on 127 from Crossville you will come to upper Clear Creek in the Obed/Emory watershed.
Upper Clear Creek is a wonderful Class II overnight trip from Rt 127 down to Barnett Bridge but it requires considerable water. One or two rapids might rate a Class III but they are easily portaged. It is rather too long for a day trip, so it requires leaving a vehicle at the intended takeout and vandalism is always a possibility. It also requires carrying some gear in the boat(s). It is unlikely that upper Clear Creek will be doable this October, but it is worth keeping an eye out on the levels as your trip approaches.
If you drive south along Rt 127 from Crossville you will enter the Sequatchie Valley and come to and drive along the Sequatchie River. Ordinarily some 70 miles or so of the Sequatchie is boatable but this year could be an exception. The Sequatchie is all Class I but a very scenic and pleasant float. It would again require some type of shuttle.
The Middle and/or lower Caney Fork might also be a possibility.
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Posted by: g2d on Aug-31-12 12:28 PM (EST)
for the Caney Fork.
Water level has been a problem, though if you watch the USGS gauge pages, local thunderstorms can temporarily make for a good run. Traveling into Tennessee from KY on I-24, I found that the Red River was running about 800 cfs down to Port Royal State Park, and had a good run. But when I checked the gauge again a few days ago, it was way low.
Sometimes if you go to a smaller reservoir near some bigger ones, you may find that motorboat traffic is less of a nuisance. Also, back inlets may provide some isolation. Getting on a reservoir earlier in the day and then paddling away from boat ramps and marinas toward back inlets can work.
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