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Kayak The Clinch Flat Water Paddle Class I

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!

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  • Gary H.

    Great day on the water! Thank you Ben for organizing.

    May 25, 2014

  • Wes

    great float! thanks for the sammies "Marry Anne!"

    1 · May 24, 2014

    • Ginger

      You can count on it, So glad you enjoyed! Loved meeting your sister, hope we get to see her again.

      May 25, 2014

  • Ginger

    Stupendous!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great weather, good paddling, wonderful group of people----all in all a fantastic day! And even got back in time for my early b'day party my friends were having for me! Thanks so much to Ben for organizing this trip and coordinating such a big group! Thanks also to Nicole, Steve, Matt and Wes for their help with carpooling and shuttling.

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Judith and David G.

    A great day, perfect weather and good company. Thanks, Ben, for putting it together. I'm posting some photos now. We look forward to more with the Group!

    2 · May 24, 2014

  • Christian M.

    This was first paddle with Meetup and it was fantastic. The weather was spectacular, the river was gorgeous, first time on the Clinch, and the trip extraordinary. Many thanks to Ben and Wes.

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first meetup - so nice to meet everyone! Great day on the water. Thank you!

    May 24, 2014

  • Lisa S.

    Great trip! Thanks for organizing!

    May 24, 2014

  • Ellen R.

    Loved it!

    May 24, 2014

  • Ellen R.

    Thanks to Bennie and Wes.

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a wonderful time on the river today. What a great group of people.

    May 24, 2014

  • Ellen R.

    Great time! And thanks for all the help getting my boat to the water and up the hill when we were done. I managed to hit the only rock in that group of rapids after the meadow. I don't think it was there last year...;) I stayed in my boat and no holes.

    May 24, 2014

  • Sharon W.

    Thanks Benny! Good to see everyone!

    May 24, 2014

  • Richard R.

    Great weather + Great water = Great Paddling

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm lost...

    May 24, 2014

    • Ginger

      Call Ben[masked]

      May 24, 2014

  • Lori D.

    Hey Ben, we are on our way. If we don't see you at Mc D's then we will try to find the put in.

    May 24, 2014

  • Ben

    Everyone meet at mc'd if you do not know where anything is located. See you at mcd's

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Sharon W.

    I think I will just try to find take out. See you there

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet at McDonald's since I'm not sure where anything is.

    May 24, 2014

  • Sharon W.

    I'll meet at McDonalds as I don't know where take out is

    May 24, 2014

  • Ellen R.

    I will meet you at the put in. I was there last year. McDonalds might be a little crowded.

    May 23, 2014

    • Wes

      if you want to meet at the take out i will have my trailer to run shuttle, so when your done, your done!

      May 24, 2014

    • Ellen R.

      Nothing like keeping an old lady on her toes...

      May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was just about to head to McDonald's. Should I go to take-out instead?

    May 24, 2014

  • Richard R.

    Meeting at the take out would be SUPER CONVENIENT. What time will you be at the take out to shuttle our boats and gear to the put in?

    May 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So is everyone meeting at McDonald's or the take out now?

      May 24, 2014

    • Donna

      Are there signs to the fish hatchery? Not sure where that is either. I'm gonna just head to mcdonalds for now.

      May 24, 2014

  • Ellen R.

    Now, who has room to shuttle 30 kayaks.? If I go to the take out, instead of the put in , do I have a guarantee of a ride?! Just asking...

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to the trip. It should be fun!

    May 23, 2014

  • Christian M.

    I look forward to Saturday's paddle.
    It is going to be a beautiful day!

    May 23, 2014

  • Richard R.

    According to the Pellissippi Blueway website, the distance from Miller Island (Mile 77.1) to the Hwy 61 ramp (Mile 66.3) is 10.8 miles

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Lori D.

    I am so looking forward to tomorrow's paddle!

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Jerry

    If everybody shows its gonna be a heck of a turn out. I hate to miss it but gotta work.

    May 22, 2014

    • Ginger

      That's a bummer! Hope to see u Mon. on the Hiwassee

      May 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone else going using a "shorter" kayak? Mine is about 9 foot long, so cannot keep up with 17 footers, etc...although with the generators going, this might not be an issue. Even though I have owned this kayak and used it for many years, it cannot keep up with really long kayaks on lake situations.

    May 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      mine is a small creek boat, only 8'0". is that ok for flat water?

      May 21, 2014

    • Ben

      Your be A ok Trevor

      May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, we have to cancel. The timing will not get us back in time for our evening plans. Hope to meet all of you at an event soon.

    May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys. Most of you don't know me. I have been on one other trip with Ben and a few others but I would love to go this trip.

    May 19, 2014

    • Ginger

      Come on out! Good people, good times

      1 · May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    When do you think we will back in our cars and loaded back-up? I would love to join you but would need to be back in Oak Ridge by around 5:00 PM

    May 18, 2014

    • Ben

      This trip if we have no problems is a 3 hour float, but you will have to allow time to pack up, shuttle, and the possibility of problems. I hope that helps.

      May 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for getting back with me---I'm going to try for it.

      May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    very regretfully changing my rsvp to not going..... a conflict has come up for up that weekend. I love that river. Have fun!

    May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How does shuttle work? Is there a fee for this event?

    April 17, 2014

    • Ben

      There is no fee. We work out a group shuttle.

      1 · April 17, 2014

    • Ben

      You will need your own boat or need to make arrangements to rent one.

      April 18, 2014

  • Bob A.

    We went 10.3 miles in about 3.5 hours last year. I'm trying to upload a screen shot from my gps ap

    April 4, 2014

    • Ben

      Thanks!

      April 17, 2014

  • Ellen R.

    Last year thi was a great trip with 2 generators going. And the shuttle worked well.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • lj l.

    Sounds great can we make arrangements for a shuttle?

    March 28, 2014

  • Stephen D.

    Can't make it. Dagnabit!

    March 27, 2014

  • Stephen D.

    Stupid beach trip. Love the Clinch, so clear and great flow when the dams are spilling/generating. Have a great time.

    March 27, 2014

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