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Clear Fork River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: April 16, 2005
Nearest City: Jamestown, TN
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Submitted by: Travis Bow


We travled from the Peter's bridge on the Clear Fork River to the Burnt Mill Bridge. 700cfs on the Robbins usgs gage. The first 6 miles are nice flat water with a few easy class II rapids. In this stretch we saw three otters and a beaver and countless fish and birds. Not another person the entire trip.

The next 5 miles past Brewster (hwy 52, big bridge can't miss it) were more difficult with one class III (Decapitaion Fork). Several strong class II rapids at this level. About 5 miles from Brewster Bridge White Oak Creek enters Clear Fork on the river left. Several more class II rapids before the takeout.

Good smallmouth and rock bass fishing along the way. This stretch is too long for most at 17 miles. Adventure seekers will want to skip the first 6 miles. Nature lovers who want a quieter float will love Peter's to Brewster. Float camping is an option as from Peter's down it is BSFNRA and there are many good spots along the river.


Port-o-john at Peter's; none at Burnt Mill or Brewster


Backcountry camping fee is $5


All directions from Hwy 52 at Allardt, TN:
Burnt Mill Bridge: East on 52 until park sign on left for Zenith B.Mill Bridge, etc. take left follow signs
Peters Bridge: Turn right at Nazarene Church, may or not be park sign, continue to bridge.

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