I65S - Exit 46, Columbia, TN
This river trip on the upper Duck River will take us through the 12,800 acre Yanahli Wildlife Management Area. Yanahli is a Chickasaw word meaning "flows like a river". Historically, this was Chickasaw land as they held claim to all land south of the Duck River Ridge to the great bend of the Tennessee River in Alabama until ceded by treaty of 1805.
The section of the river we will be traveling is part of the 37 mile stretch that has been designated as a State Scenic River. Our put in will be at the Leftwhich Bridge and we will take out at Fountain Creek for a distance of about 10.4 river miles. Along the way, we will pass 2 spring caves one of which has an old rock cystern at it's mouth. We'll also pass by the Cheek Bend Caves where archaeological work documented climate change for this area from Canadian forest to near desert to prarieland and finally to the current mix of cedar/hardwoods. These caves were also utilized by the prehistoric inhabitants of the area. Due to the current situation with the White Nose Syndrome and our decreasing bat population, we will not enter these caves.
Farther down the river, we'll come to Stillhouse Hole supposedly the deepest spot in the Duck River.In this same area, an old legend from the 1800's said that an escaped slave from the Spanish mines buried silver in the caves near the bluffs.. This story inspired some early settlers to dig and search for the treasure which was never found.
We'll leave from Cracker Barrel for the put in at 9 am. If you want breakfast before the trip, be there by 8 am.
No alcohol on the river please
Please print, sign and bring PAU Waiver
Bring fluids, lunch, sunblock and safety gear
" Moving water has a fascinating vitality.
It has power and grace and associations.
It has a thousand colours and a thousand shapes,
yet it follows laws so definite
that the tiniest stream is an exact replica
of a great river."