Kayak The Hiwassee River

Monday May 27, 2013 · 8:00 AM

 

You can either meet us at Hiwasee Outfitter at 10am or car pool with us from Pellissippi State College where we will meet at 8am

 

Hey guys and girls it is Memorial day weekend and time to celebrate on the water!

We will kayak the Hiwassee River it is 5.5 miles of Class I and II whitewater. It is located about 70 miles from Knoxville it is a 1-1.5 hour road trip. The bus shuttle services are $5 or you can shuttle with 1 of us.

Recreational boats are welcome on this trip and experience is not necessary but suggested. We do not suggest any touring or sea kayaks and if you have a set in boat we suggest you bring a spray skirt. We will meet at 8am at the Pellissippi State Main Campus in the parking lot across from the pond. You will know us by the kayaks on the car and trucks.

  • Class I.- Easy. Smooth water; light riffles; clear passages, occasional sand banks and gentle curves. The most difficult problems might arise when paddling around bridges and other obvious obstructions. classification
  • Class II.- Moderate. Medium-quick water; rapids with regular waves; clear and open passages between rocks and ledges. Maneuvering required.

Our plan is to set up our own shuttle or have one person do the $5 bus ride back to the put in location depending upon our response.

**For those of you that want to rent boats:

Hiwassee Outfitters has the largest fleet on the river including rafts, inflatable kayaks, sit on top kayaks and tubes.

There are no age restrictions except for tubes (Ages 12 & Up)

******I have some extra boats I can rent and deliver with notice******

Boat rentals, location address and web link with cost from the outfitter:

hthttp://www.hiwasseeoutfitters.com/Rafting.html

155 Ellis Creek Road

Reliance, TN 37369

See you on the water!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone have the link to the photographer that was shooting pics from the bank?

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    It was A great time ready to learn more about white water

    May 28, 2013

  • Leslie H.

    Had an awesome time yesterday, even though I had to wet exit three times. I do want to do it again.

    May 28, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Loved it broke my cherry it was awesome need to get A skirt my rear was under water at the end lol

    May 28, 2013

  • Nikki n Rick S.

    Such an awesome day! Thx for organizing it!

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome ! Great trip.

    May 27, 2013

  • Ginger

    Another great run on the Hiwassee!

    May 27, 2013

  • Leslie H.

    I just want to say thank you again for all of the help and instruction I got today. I honestly thought I was better prepared for what I was going to encounter today. So a special thank you to Ben, Cheryl, Ginger, Tim, and Walt. Thanks for staying behind and helping me through it. You guys ROCK!!!!!

    2 · May 27, 2013

  • Walt

    Good time with lots of new friends

    May 27, 2013

  • Beth

    Good to go with some people who knew what they were doing...and could share some knowledge and experience...thank you again Forrest :-)

    May 27, 2013

  • Sienna

    Sorry even after you reminded me Benny, I still completely forgot to remove my RSVP. I will not be joining you all today. Hope everyone has fun!

    May 27, 2013

  • Vikki

    Awoke sick..: ( can't make it. SORRY.

    May 27, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Look forward to going haven't had the chance to do anything with this group do to my work schedule

    May 26, 2013

  • Forrest

    The best advice I can give anyone about to paddle a whitewater river (besides knowing how to swim) is to have the proper gear and equipment. If you decide not to rent from one of the licensed outfitters, then acquiring proper gear is a must. This includes a whitewater type boat. Longer kayaks with bungees or webbing and/or a keel are not recommended. A sprayskirt is really handy, and floatation in boats is a nice addition. Most rivers in the region require a whitewater helmet to paddle (not a bicycle helmet). A good PFD (personal flotation device, or life jacket) is an absolute must. If you have any questions about what type of gear/equipment you will need then please contact me or one of the organizers. I really, really hate to come across so gruff, but proper equipment WILL make your trip safer and much more worthwhile. :)

    Again, I apologize for sounding like a know-it-all, but I just want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable trip.

    1 · May 24, 2013

    • Beth

      Thanks for sharing some of your valuable know-it-all advice-that's why I'm here instead of going off on my own!

      May 25, 2013

  • Rajasekar K.

    When I called to make a reservation, they do no start rafting until 11am

    May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey folks, glad I found this site ! We are camping at Hiwasee Outfitters Sunday night, two questions. Is there a place to play near the campground. I was going to bring both of mine, one being an unskirted sit in, the other a tandem sit on top,just to play around the campground. And do you think my Tarpon 130T could handle the river? Solo? I don't think I can get Tonya on that river after she saw the You Tube videos. If I rode solo the front would be off the water a bit. Or should I just plan on renting the fun yaks? We have never done swift water other than from Wears Valley road to the swinging bridge in Townsend. We have done the Ocoee but that was guided and required little effort and decision making, Andy advice would be appreciated.

    May 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome advice, Thanks !

      May 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Being our first trip we have decided to rent fun yaks, I just hope they have plenty of life jackets, we did reserve our yaks for Monday, we might try to secure some jackets from them late Sunday pm.

      May 25, 2013

  • Forrest

    May 24, 2013

  • Forrest

    I just checked the weather for Reliance, TN (the takeout) for this Monday. It looks fantastic! The river flow should be good as well. TVA has a 2 generator schedule for Monday (11:00 on) plus the tributary streams will add some much appreciated flow! If you haven't paddled this stretch of river and are curious about what it looks like, then check out the page on AmericanWhitewater.org for the Hiwassee (Appalachia powerhouse to bridge at Reliance). I don't know how to share a link, but it should be rather easy to find. There are fantastic descriptions and great pictures of some of the ledge drops!

    May 24, 2013

  • Sharon W.

    I am new at kayaking. Do you think Class 1 is too hard for beginner? I've kayaked before but just on a lake.

    May 4, 2013

    • Sharon W.

      Okay, thanks. I don't have a helmet, guess I need to get one.

      May 24, 2013

    • Forrest

      If you rent from an outfitter then you probably won't need a helmet. The boats they use are pretty stable. True whitewater kayaks are more tipsy and do require a helmet. I hope that made some sense. :)

      1 · May 24, 2013

  • Beth

    If I'm reading the tables correctly, they're doing 1 generator between 10-11a.m. and 2 between 11 a.m.-7 p.m...subject to change, of course in the next few days but I'd say that's what they'll stick to...

    May 19, 2013

    • Forrest

      I believe that is what TVA will be doing. When they release it at 11:00 it takes a little over an hour to fully reach the takeout.

      May 24, 2013

  • Arlene I.

    Whoo hoo...I am back in!

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Ben

    Nikki you can expect to meet us between 10-10:30 at Hiwasee Outfitters.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Nikki n Rick S.

    Should I plan to meet u guys at the takeout about[masked] assuming u won't leave college till 830?

    May 22, 2013

  • Sienna

    My dad and brothers will no longer be joining me due to my dad being ill. I am a maybe. I may decide to spend time with my dad that day.

    May 22, 2013

  • Arlene I.

    Wish I could join you but can't handle my kayak without my friend to help get on top of SUV. Next time...

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to say maybe since I may have to work on this day. I will know more toward the end of the week and I will rsvp accordingly.

    May 21, 2013

  • Ben

    I contacted Hiwasee Outfitters and TVA for those of you that wanted to know about the generators and the flow they are the following:

    1 generator between 10-11a.m. and 2 between 11 a.m.-7 p.m. This is what Beth has posted, and this is the agreement TVA has with the Outfitter. Cccording to their rep this will be true unless there is a demand for more water or the levels are naturally high due to rain. It is still subject to change based on demand and rain levels.

    For The Postings on The Little River - Depending on levels and where you put in this river can be up to Class IV+ rapids. I suggest you check http://www.americanwhitewater.org for river flows for safety.

    If you want to kayak the lower section check out http://www.riverjohns.com/ they offer a shuttle service for $5 or for tubing The Little River http://riverragetubing.com/

    I will see you on the river!

    May 21, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Looking forward to it!

    May 19, 2013

  • Beth

    Hey Gary! Tell Connie she's crazy! Go for the kayak!!! :) We're going to go down to the falls and see what it looks like-I'm a little leery of what's on down without seeing it... Where do you guys put in at Townsend? We've done it a few times down below the last dam (right above the biker/exotic store below Walland) but don't know how many dams there are above that other than the one in Townsend right below "downtown"(below where the Tally-Ho inn is located) Do you guys go from up that way or where? We come all the way down to Rockford so we may be doing below the dam where you guys stop. Can't wait to see you guys

    May 19, 2013

  • Arlene I.

    So sad...my buddy can't go now and I don't want to try it alone. I'll find another ride soon.

    May 18, 2013

  • Beth

    I'll be there with either two or three guests...we'll just have our boats loaded and either meet up at Pellissippi or at the put-in. Sounds as though it will be a great paddle...can't wait! Gary-did your wife ever get a boat? If she ever wants to go and try getting in the water and just getting her feet wet (haha) she's welcome to borrow my older boat or try my new.

    May 15, 2013

  • Nikki n Rick S.

    Me and my lil man will be there!

    April 30, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Looking forward to it!

    April 26, 2013

  • Forrest

    Turns out I'll be back Sunday, so I'll be there!!! Can't wait!!

    April 25, 2013

  • Sienna

    I am actually bringing 3 guests but it will only let me RSVP for 2.

    April 21, 2013

  • Forrest

    I have to be out of town. Bummer. I hope you all have a blast!!!

    April 18, 2013

  • Arlene I.

    Yes...can't wait!

    April 10, 2013

  • Wes

    i saw a guy do it once in a touring boat.... actually rescued a few people too!...but yes, not recommended!

    3 · April 10, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Put me as a maybe. Gotta check my schedule closer to the date.

    March 19, 2013

  • Arlene I.

    So I would not be able to do it in my sit on top Kayak?

    March 5, 2013

    • James

      You can use your own. They will shuttle you.

      March 5, 2013

    • Forrest

      If you've used your kayak on the Little River below Townsend, then you're probably ready to step it up to the Hiwassee. Most of the rapids are mild and can be avoided if need be.

      March 16, 2013

  • Ben

    This is the first weekend for the season for The Hiwassee River you can check out the water flow at http://www.tva.com/river/recreation/sched_apalachia.htm

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Forrest

      If it says a scheduled release then it'll be 2 generators, which makes a world of difference than just 1.

      March 16, 2013

  • Arlene I.

    I would love to do this ...a couple of questions. I have a sit on top kayak and have done the Little River from Townsend beyond the dam and on to Coulter Bridge several times. Not sure if The Hiwassee is similar or much more difficult. Any advice ? Thanks so much!

    March 4, 2013

    • Wes

      you can do the Hiwassee in just about anything! i did it in a 17 ft touring boat and i know a couple of kids that did it in an old aluminum canoe! your s.o.t will do just fine. you can slip around any rapid you don't want to do.

      1 · March 15, 2013

    • Forrest

      The main differences between the Hiwassee and the Little River below Townsend are: width, CFS (cubic feet per second), some legde drops. The Hiwassee river is the beginner river for whitewater in the Southeast United States. The Little River below Townsend is a much narrower, often low volume, river with not much consequence. The Hiwassee is very wide, making a swim somewhat dangerous and bumpy. There are some ledges on the Hiwassee that might give the wrong boat a hard time. I'd recommend renting a boat from the outfitter if you're curious about taking yours. But, the Hiwassee is a scenic, fun, exciting, paddle down some great beginner whitewater!

      March 16, 2013

  • Gary AKA ".

    Wish I could have made it but I will be out west in No California at Lake Tahoe :-)

    March 5, 2013

  • Ben

    You can do a set on top that is what the company uses for rentals.

    March 5, 2013

  • Forrest

    If I'm not out of town then I'll be there for sure!

    March 5, 2013

  • Forrest

    The Hiwassee is very wide, shallow in places, and a great beginner whitewater river. This is a scenic as it gets around here! I'd recommend a whitewater boat, or just renting from the outfitters. Flat water canoes sometimes make this stretch ok. See the American Whitewater page for the Hiwassee. It's from Appalachia Powerhouse to Reliance. Really, really fun!

    March 5, 2013

  • James

    Hey all, to let you know a little about the Hiwassee. It is a gorgeous river number one. Number two, it is pretty tame. For those wanting a little more, there are places out there that can challenge you but there are also lines through things that are fine for beginners. Jeff, if your boat is not self bailing and you do not have a skirt, you might consider renting a boat from whoever shuttles you. If your wales on your kayak are pretty high, you will be okay in your boat. You just might get pretty wet.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Susan

    A lot depends on how many generators they'll be running

    March 4, 2013

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