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We fished and paddled taking it pretty easy until we realized we still had 4.5 miles to go with 3 hours of daylight. At that point we quit fishing and paddled like mad. The overall trip took about 7 hours to go 9 miles taking our canoes at the Farris Bridge.
The water was pristine clear, but will get murkier after a rain.
Slow, deep water alternates with shallow shoals. We had 8-9 occasions to pull our canoe over shallows.
We saw a river otter, the first I had seen out of captivity. Fishing was slow, but two rainbow trout were taken on the trip. Fishing slowness was attributed to the lack of power generation for several weeks which apparently allows the river to warm above the temperature best for holding trout.
There are plenty of places to picnic on the river when he flow is this low. When the generation is high, the river is tricky due to stick ups which are plainly seen in low water, but maybe not so much when the water is 6 ft. higher.
It was really a peaceful, very enjoyable trip. The river continues on from our out point to Fayetteville, TN another 15-20 miles.
This location is about 77 miles from downtown Chattanooga.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Paddler's Truck Rack