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I shoved off at 11:00 am. The water was smooth as silk. I launched from old Highway 60. Blythe Ferry was located there until the new bridge was built several years ago. Now the old highway runs right into Tennessee just below where the Hiwassee enters. The Tennessee is 1/2 mi. wide here. The Hiwassee is just a tad smaller. I paddled to the south/west tip of the Island to start my trip. I paddled all the way around. It took about 2 1/2 hrs,but I stopped to take a lot of pictures and watch the ospreys. Acording to the TVA River Navigation Chart, it is about 5 mi. all the way around.
There is a lot of wetland on the Island, as well as corn fields put out by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. I didn't get out on the island much because with the deer herd on the island is host to a little varment called the deer tic. I don't know when they become active, but I got a dose of them once in the late summer and I don't want them ever again I will be going back next winter to do a little exploring. After I left the Island I paddled down the Tennessee and ate my lunch in the shade of a 80 ft.bluff.
I usually float small East Tennessee Rivers (Lower Tellico, Lower Ocoee, Lower Citico Creek ect) so this big water was a completly new deal for me. I kind of liked the big water and plan on doing some more of it.
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