Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Abrams Creek

Join us for the first paddle of the year and see native Tennessee at its best. The trip down beautiful Abrams Creek is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2. Abram’s Creek is located between the Chilhowee Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest. We will be putting the kayaks in just before the Chilhowee Dam and five mile journey should take us through the blossoming rhododendrons and mountain laurels. This is an “in and out” paddle so those who do not want to paddle the full distance can be picked up on the return trip. We will leave Sloan's Village Home Center at 8:30 am and will make a quick stop at Derby Dawns Shopping Plaza around 8:45 am to pick up the Kahite kayakers. We should be in the water by 9:30 and complete our paddle by noon at which time we will load up the kayaks to head home. On the way back we plan to stop for delicious pizza or salad at Pizzeria Venti.

Directions: Leaving the hardware store, turn left onto Hwy 72 and travel to 411. Turn left on 411 until you reach 72 east. Turn right on 72 and drive 9 miles to 129. Turn right on 129 south and travel 7 miles to an unnamed boat ramp on the right side of the road by Abrams Creek. The boat ramp is 2.5 miles past Chilhowee Dam. If there are any questions, please contact Barry Brandt. It should be an enjoyable paddle and hope to see you there.


Tuesday May 1, 2018

Paddle from Tugaloo, then Dogs, Burgers, and Suds

Member and guest potluck at the Tugaloo Shelter beginning at 5 p.m. $5 per person. Bring your kayaks and BYOB. Meat, condiments, table service provided. Please bring a side dish of your choice. Call Mary Kay at 865-657-3252 to RSVP. Leave a message if unable to reach.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy a paddle on a portion of the French Broad River, East of Knoxville, through near-pristine country with meadows, forests, farm land and islands.  This trip is a one-way paddle downstream with the current. With recent rains, this should be a fast trip.

Note: The TVA Douglas Dam releases large volumes of water into the French Broad River on an on-demand (unscheduled) basis.  River currents can increase without notice making the handling of a kayak challenging.  We will check the scheduled release prior to departing.

  1. Meet at Poplar Springs Boat Ramp at 8:00 AM and drive approximately 1.25 hours to the French Broad River. Driving instructions will be provided at the Popular Springs Boat Ramp. For those leaving from Kahite you may want to print these directions out and meet at the golf course for departure at 8:00 AM
  2. Unload boats and shuttle cars (10 minutes each way) to the take out.
  3. One-way trip through the Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge, paddling with the current (about 1.5 hours)
  4. Take out kayaks, load cars, shuttle remaining cars (30-45 minutes)
  5. Lunch at the Chop House (12-1:15 PM)
  6. Drive to Tellico Village and arrive about 2-2:30 PM


Lunch Option

The Chop House
3609 Outdoor Sportsman Place
Kodak, TN 37764
Phone (865) 932-5198
Per the online menu, lunch items start at $8 with most being $9-$10.
DIRECTIONS to The Chop House:

  1. From the I40 Midway Rd exit 402 head east 5 miles to Winnfield Dunn Parkway exit 407
  2. Turn left onto Winnfield Dunn Parkway and stay in the left lane
  3. At the traffic light for Top Flight Drive (approximately 500 feet past the I40 West entrance ramp) turn left
  4. At the first road turn left onto Outdoor Sportsman Place. The Chop House will be on your left immediately after you turn before you get to the big Bass Pro Shop


Take your preferred route to I-40, then
  1. Take I-40 Eastbound to Midway Road Exit 402 (approximately 31-32 miles from the I-40 Watt Road Entrance/Exit)
  2. Turn right onto Midway Road until it dead ends at Kodak Rd (approximately 2.6 miles)
  3. Turn left onto Kodak Rd and turn right onto Kelly Lane at the white Bethel United Methodist Church (0.4 miles)
  4. Continue on Kelly Lane for 0.4 miles and then turn left onto a gravel road.  There is a white sign at the turnoff marked, "canoe, kayak access.."
  5. Travel on the gravel road to its end (0.3) miles.  Parking is available in a lot on the right
  6. Unload kayaks from vehicle here.  Chemical toilets are available.

Car Shuttle to Take Out Point

  1. Retrace your route from the put in point (gravel road) to Kelly Lane (right turn onto Kelly Lane) to Kodak Road at Bethel Church
  2. Turn left onto Kodak Road (no road sign)
  3. Travel approximately 3.8 miles to the kayak take out point. It is an unmarked gravel road and parking area on the left-hand side of the road about 1/4 mile past a small private trailer campground

There are no chemical toilets available at the take out point


Friday June 1, 2018

Demo Day

The 2nd Annual Lake Day will be held at the Yacht Club on Friday, June 1st from 11-2. Several vendors will be on hand to get your summer off to a great start. We will have several boat vendors, as well as boat repair and canvas restoration. The Yacht Club will be grilling and there will be tasty frozen treats available for purchase as well. J Luke will be performing on the boardwalk. The event is free and there will be a free shuttle that runs from the Tellico Village Community Church to the Yacht Club and Beach Pavilion. Uncle Lems and Riversports will be doing demos at Tugaloo Beach.


Monday June 4, 2018

Tellico Lake Tugaloo to East Lakeshore Parkway then Lunch at Lorenzo's

This paddle will be held at the Tugaloo pavilion on Monday, June 4th at 9 a.m. This is one of several paddles that were scheduled every month to allow those kayakers who store their kayaks at the Yacht Club storage facility to participate in a group paddle without loading their boats up onto a vehicle. Of course ALL paddlers are welcome. We will paddle across the lake to the East Lakeshore parkway, a distance of 2 miles and return to the beach. Anyone interested can join us for lunch at Lorenzo's Mexican restaurant immediately following the paddle.


Monday June 18, 2018

Tellico Dam to Loudon City Park

This is a downstream paddle of the Tennessee River beginning at the Tellico Dam boat ramp and paddling to the Loudon City Park, a distance of approximately 9 miles, all downstream. We will be on the water approximately 2:45-3:00 hours. The current is about a 1 ½- 2 mile down current (so equivalent of about 6-7 mile paddle). It is a very scenic paddle with lots of birds. A nice stretch of Watt’s Bar Lake.

This paddle will require us to stage all of our transportation downstream in Loudon (a 45 minute roundtrip) so we need to LAUNCH at the Tellico Dam ramp site by 8:30 am. Following the paddle, those interested can join us for lunch at Bill's Deli in downtown Loudon. This float normally features a lot of wildlife, including an eagle's nest and the normal flow of industrial and recreational traffic from the locks at Fort Loudon.

Weather forecast is partly cloudy with high of 92 degrees, so bring hats, sunscreen and lots of water. There are several lunch options in Loudon with FAT HATS on the square by TicToc ice cream, one of the best options.

There are no restrooms at launch sight, but nice facilities in Loudon at the takeout.

Don and Gretchen Showman will be leading this paddle. Those interested in staying for lunch will be able to purchase the smoked meat sandwich of their choice at Bill's Deli on the Loudon city square.


Tuesday July 10, 2018

Melton Hill

This is a serene and scenic paddle down the Clinch River to the Melton Hill Park. The paddle is 6 miles long, one-way in Melton Hill Lake on the Clinch River, and should take 2-3 hours or less.

We will LEAVE at 8:30 a.m. from the Tellico Village Poplar Springs Boat Ramp (on the north end of the Village) and caravan to Solway Park Boat Ramp, a 30 minute car ride.
Since this is a one-way paddle, we will need to unload the kayaks and reposition the cars prior to paddling. Kayakers will stay at Solway Park Boat Ramp while the car drivers reposition the cars down to the Melton Hill Park and return to Solway Park in one (or two) cars.
We will eat lunch at the newer restaurant in Lenoir City on the way home, ‘The Burgers.’ They have plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, and have excellent reviews. They have Burgers, Fish, Chicken, Salads and a variety of sides.

Drinking water
PFDs (life preservers)
Swim suit, towels, change of clothes, if desired

Driving Instructions

  1. Take the Interstate (I-75N/I-40E) to Exit 376 for TN-162 N toward Oak Ridge
  2. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 376A towards TN-162 N/Oak Ridge
  3. At 6.4 miles merge onto TN-62 W
  4. At 1.3 miles take TN-170 E/Edgemoor Rd Exit
  5. At 0.6 miles Solway Park Boat Ramp is on the right

  1. Head SW on Edgemoor Rd and after 0.4 miles take the TN-62 E ramp on the left to Knoxville
  2. At 2.0 miles turn right onto Solway Rd.
  3. At 1.0 miles turn right onto Guinn Rd.
  4. At 0.5 miles turn left onto Swafford
  5. At 2.1 miles turn right onto Sam Lee Rd.
  6. At 3.2 miles arrive at Melton Hill Park


Wednesday July 18, 2018

Fort Loudoun State Park

Join us in a leisurely 4.5 to 5 mile paddle around Ft. Loudoun State Park Island in Vonore TN on Wednesday, July 18. This refreshing paddle features nice views of mountains and the protected "great island". We will enter the water at the new kayak launch area near the swimming area on your left just before the parking area nearest the Fort. Please plan to arrive by 8:30 am so that everyone can be on the water by 9:00. We should easily complete the paddle by 11:30--just in time to stop for lunch at one of several restaurants in the area.

From Tellico Village, travel south on SR 444 to SR 72, turn left. Stay on SR 72 until you come to SR 411, turn left heading north. From SR 411, turn right onto SR 360. Then turn left off of SR 360 at the park entrance on the left. The parking area and ramp is on your left inside the park.

Participants from the village should plan on meeting at Sloan's Hardware, at the south end of the parkway by 8:00 am to caravan to the state park in Vonore. Our paddle will be led by Winnie Okumura and capably assisted by Roger Covert. Any questions, please call Winnie or email her.

The trip leaders will be Winnie Okumura and Roger Covert.


Wednesday August 1, 2018

Tellico Lake

Beginning at 4 p.m., we will be paddling from Tugaloo Beach in the Village into the Little Tennessee River and head upstream, or south for two miles making the total paddle around four miles. We will hug the western shore and enjoy beautiful homes and coves.We thought we could organize a poker run, but apparently Tennessee laws prohibit any form of gambling. So, we are gonna paddle for the fun of it!

We encourage you to bring a picnic supper to enjoy with the group following the paddle (at the Tugaloo shelter). Whatever food and beverages you bring are on your own initiative. If folks arrive by 4:00 pm, we will be on the water by 4:30 pm and are likely to finish by 6:30 pm, followed by dinner on your own.


Monday August 13, 2018

Tellico Blueway

Monday, August 13, 2018 Kayak Trip Tellico Blueway Paddle The paddle originally scheduled for this day was planned for the Upper Clinch River. Due to ideal paddling conditions, we have decided to offer a paddle of the Tellico Blueway instead. Members of the Soggy Bottoms Kayak Club will meet at 7:45 and leave from the parking lot of Sloan’s Hardware on the Parkway by 8 a.m. to caravan into the wilds of Monroe County to paddle the Tellico Blueway. The Tellico Blueway is a moderate float trip that starts at the Big Creek ramp on Fairview Road in Madisonville, Tennessee, and goes for about 11 miles to the Ballplay ramp on Highway 360 in Vonore. Look for eagle and osprey nests in the trees along the Blueway! This is entirely a flat water paddle with very little noticeable current. The first half of the Blueway is along the Tellico River channel or backwaters of Tellico Lake. At about the halfway point, the Blueway gradually widens into Tellico Lake. The entire Blueway for the most part is scenic and undeveloped with very little motorized boat traffic. This paddle is rated moderate. This distance is not suited for novice paddlers. Each participant will be responsible for their own kayak or canoe and personal flotation device. We will be shuttling cars from our launch point to our take out point.

We will plan on stopping for lunch halfway through this paddle so it is suggested that everyone pack a sack lunch with plenty of water. We will take a planned break to recharge our batteries and to get hydrated. Please be sure to bring plenty of sun block and a big hat to shade your head and face.

Please let us know if you will be joining us on this beautiful paddle by Sunday, August 12.

Special Note: We are attempting to organize volunteer drivers to shuttle our kayak haul vehicles from the put in point to the take out point. Anyone interested in this service would have to bring an extra set of car keys. Volunteer drivers would lock your car keys into your car once driven from put in to put out. Dee Prickett will lead this trip. She will provide maps on the morning of August 13th when we meet at Sloan’s. Call her or email her with any questions.


Wednesday September 12, 2018

Night on Tellico Lake

Hot enough for you? Are you looking for a sure way to cool off in this late summer heat? Why not join us at the Tugaloo picnic shelter on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:30 pm for a hot dog roast, free of charge. We will supply the hot dogs, buns, condiments, plates, napkins, watermelon and chips. If you would like to bring a picnic food item to complement the basics, bring it. BYOB, cocktail, soda or water. After this picnic supper, we will be paddling out of the yacht club harbor and south towards Chuniloti Point. Your kayak must have a white light mounted on the stern, head lamp or hand held flashlight. We intend to hug the shore line but if a power boat approaches it may become necessary to wave your hand held white light. PFD's must be worn and everyone should have either a whistle or an air horn to signal in the event of distress, not gastrointestinal distress. Lights on the rear of each kayak will avoid kayakers from being blinded by their light. The moon will be two days from its new phase so it promises to be dark. We will have the picnic regardless of the weather and will paddle unless a storm forms with lightning.

We hope all of our new kayakers in the recently expanded storage facility will join us. Share this email with anyone who would like to paddle. Just make sure everyone RSVP's to Dave's email address or leaves a message at Dave's home phone. We need to know the number to expect so that no one goes hungry!


Thursday September 20, 2018

Tugaloo to Tanasi

This Thursday, Sept. 20 we will kayak from Tugaloo Beach to Tanasi for breakfast! We will not be going to the Holston River. We would like to be in the water by 8 o’clock. It will take approximately one hour to paddle to Tanasi. Be sure to wear water shoes and bring water & money for breakfast. We will be sitting outside if it looks like it’s going to be cool bring something to put on your arms. After breakfast we will paddle back to Tugaloo. It will be an easy paddle unless we encounter wind. Please RSVP I will call ahead to let them know how many we are going to have for breakfast that way they can have coffee and water ready. Call Dee Prickett or email her to confirm your participation.


Tuesday October 2, 2018

Poplar Springs to Calhouns

details to be added


Wednesday October 17, 2018

Caney Fork

If you haven’t already made reservations to Edgar Evins State Park it’s time to do so. This will be a two night adventure on October 17-19 with kayaking on beautiful Center Hill Lake, and possibly Caney Fork River. You need to make reservations early as space at the park is limited. You can either camp or rent a “suite cabin”. The suites are a split-level design a kitchen, living area, bedroom, and bathroom. Each suite can accommodate up to six (6) adults with two double beds in the bedroom and a sofa sleeper in the living room. The cabins are situated in a six building lodging complex. Five buildings house six (6) one-bedroom suites and one building houses 4 one-bedroom suites. All suites are completely equipped for housekeeping including linens, appliances and cooking and serving utensils. All the suites have satellite TV, central heat and air conditioning and a balcony. There is one double bar-b-que grill in front of each building available on a first come first served basis. If you choose to camp, we will be staying in site 20. Sites 18 – 22 are close to the restroom and will accommodate 2 tents or one small camper.

Reservations can be made on line at:

Please let us know if you plan to attend by October 8. We will send out detailed plans for those planning to attend by October 11. If you have already responded to us you can ignore this.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tellico Blueway

The Tellico Blueway is a moderately difficult float trip that starts at the Big Creek ramp on Fairview Road in Madisonville,Tennessee, and goes for about 11 miles to the Ballplay ramp on Hwy 360 in Vonore. We regularly spot osprey, eagles, and herons on this paddle. This is a flat water paddle with some tree stumps just above or below the surface on the first half. We start out on a narrow channel and gradually widen out into Tellico Lake. Due to the submerged trees there is no motorized boat traffic on the first part of this paddle. Each person is responsible for their own kayak and personal flotation device. We will be shuttling cars from our launch point to our take out point. Due to the difficulty of shuttling the cars it is important that we know beforehand how many people will be paddling. Please let us know by Monday the 29th. If you have a non-paddling spouse or friend who would be willing to help shuttle cars on Wednesday morning please let us know when you sign up for the trip. You must bring an extra set of keys for the shuttle. We plan on stopping for lunch at about the halfway point on this paddle. As usual bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, as well as lunch. We will meet at Sloan's at 9:00 to allow the weather to warm up just a bit. Feel free to dress up or decorate a bit for Halloween but don't feel like you must. E mail preferred but feel free to call with questions.

Driving Directions

From Sloan's to Big Creek Boat Ramp:

  1. Take a left on TN 72 and travel 6.0 miles to US 411.
  2. Take a right on US 411 and travel 6.4 mile to Madisonville.
  3. Stay on 411 and not the business route when getting to Madisonville.
  4. Make a left turn at the first stop light just after Taco Bell (a Walgreen's store is on the right at the stop light) onto Ballplay Rd.
  5. Take Ballplay Rd. 4.8 miles to Fairview Rd and the vacant red building (There is a fork after 0.8 miles; stay right to stay on Ballplay Road).
  6. Make a right onto Fairview Road and travel 2.5 mile to Big Creek boat ramp which is on your left just after a small bridge.

From Big Creek Boat Ramp to Ballplay Boat Ramp:

  1. Turn right out of the parking lot onto Fairview Rd.
  2. Travel 2.5 miles and turn right onto Ballplay Rd.
  3. Go 8.8 miles on Ballplay Rd. and turn left onto TN 360. This is a very easy turn to miss. There will be a vacant white building on the left, just before Ballplay School Road.
  4. Drive 4.6 miles on highway 360 to a stop sign just past and over Ballplay Creek.
  5. Turn left at stop sign and travel 0.5 miles to Ballplay Boat Ramp which is on your left.