A trip down the Clinch River:
TVA schedule for Saturday:
10 am - 1 pm: one generator
1 pm - 4 pm: two generators
For more details of release schedule: http://www.tva.com/river/recreation/sched_norris.htm
Class I river
There are no rapids but a strong moving current
Recreational boats, canoe, and touring boats all welcome!
The Clinch River is dammed twice: by Norris Dam, the first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); and by Melton Hill Dam, the only TVA dam with a lock not located on the main channel of the Tennessee River. It empties into the Tennessee River at Kingston, Tennessee.
We will take a trip down the Clinch River the dam is scheduled to have two generators going on this day. We will launch in Norris just below Wear's Dam and take out at the Veteran's memorial bridge in Clinton.
Trees spread their branches out from both banks and meet in the middle. Gentle falls underneath huge stone outcroppings dot the water here and there like soft raindrops. These rocky bluffs that flank the stream and provide a shady spot to rest rise hundreds of feet, thick with ferns that thrive in crevices.
The Clinch River is a wide waterway lined with sycamores and silver maples whose leaves nearly graze the water's edge. It’s clear headwaters flow southeast through the Clinch Mountain valley in northeast Tennessee - in the Cumberland Mountain range not far from the Tennessee-Kentucky line - and make their way down to Kingston, west of Knoxville, where they flow into the Tennessee River.
The cold, rocky conditions and swift current in the tail waters make it a favorite for anglers itching for a fight with a rainbow trout. There are miles of tail waters from Norris Dam that are stocked with rainbow and brown trout, and outfitters in the area lead classes and expeditions for outsiders who vacation there just for the fly fishing.
This is a mild river but its fast moving rated a Class I rapid (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.) and there are a couple of shallow spots that may rock the kayak enough to bring in some water. All in all it's an easy trip that offers the golden opportunity to take in the scenery -- the Clinch Mountain valley.
You will need to have some basic paddle skills on this river. This is a moving current so if you get knock out of the boat make sure you set on your back with your feet up. Do not grab and hold on to anything we will get you.
I do not know the exact distance but roughly 12-13 miles of paddling. Plan on being in the water for at least 2-3 hours as long as we have no problems. Make sure you bring some food, plenty of water, sun screen and wear your pfd at all times. This water comes from the dam and it is dam cold!
**If you need to make arrangements for a rental for this event please email me and I will help you with those arrangements**
**We will meet below Wear's Dam in Clinton at 12:30 pm. If you are not familiar with the area you can meet us at McDonalds in Clinton at 12:00 pm 2237 Anderson Highway, Clinton, TN - (865) 463-9500. This is the McDonald's close to the interstate not the one downtown Clinton, TN.**
The put in locations is at Miller Island boat access and it's on river road just off of US441 :)
See you on the water way!