Every Morning April 24-28, 2017

Easy Conditioning

Ease into the 2017 paddling season with a 3.5 relaxed paddle (3.2-3.5 miles per hour) hugging the shoreline from Poplar Springs, under the bridge, to the end of the cove and back. For everybody who rested during winter, and for those new to paddling, this outing is a way to prepare for longer trips and more strenuous paddling. No long drives, no car shuttle, and as always, plenty of help (if you need it) getting in and out of your kayak. Come one day, come every day, but do join us to get started this year. We will meet 9:00 AM at Poplar Springs, and the round trip should be about an hour and 15 minutes.

We will launch at 9:00 AM from Poplar Springs boat ramp. The trip should take about 60-75 minutes.


Friday May 19, 2017

Solway to Clark Center Park on Clinch River

We will leave the Poplar Springs boat ramp at 8 am & drive 27 miles to Solway Park on Edgemoor Road in Oak Ridge. We’ll unload our kayaks & gear there, then drive our vehicles 5 miles to Clark Center Park on Bull Bluff Road. We’ll leave most the vehicles there, then drive back to Solway Park. It will be near 9:15 when we begin our paddle.

I really want everyone to stay together on this leisurely paddle. It isn’t very long & there isn’t much point in rushing down the river. There is a small park at the 3 mile mark where paddlers might want to beach & stretch their legs. There aren’t restroom facilities at any of the parks on this paddle. When we reach Clark Center Park & have reloaded our kayaks & gear, we will eat lunch at Calhoun’s Oak Ridge. We’ll retrieve the shuttle vehicles at Solway Park on the way.


Terry Nyenhuis 865-206-9476


Friday May 26, 2017

Baker Creek

rescheduled from May 25 because of weather
Enjoy an easy and tranquil trip down Baker Creek on Thursday May 25. Through a wilderness setting with hopefully many bird sightings, we will travel approximately six miles. It will be an "in and back" paddle so if some kayakers are not up for the full distance, they can simply turn around and paddle back to the launch site at the Morganton boat ramp. We will meet at Sloan's Village Hardware at 8:30 am and travel to the Morganton boat ramp off East Tellico Parkway. For all Kahite residents, we will stop at the Derby downs strip mall around 8:45 to pick up paddlers that would like to join us.

After the refreshing paddle, we invite everyone to join us for a light lunch at Pizzaria Venti in Vonore. Barry Brandt will be leading this paddle so if there are any questions contact Barry.

  1. From Sloan's take Route 72 south for 6.0 miles and turn left on U.S. 411.
  2. Drive 5.0 miles on Hwy 411 and then turn left onto East Coast Tellico Parkway.
  3. Travel 1.8 miles and turn left onto Morganton Cemetery Rd.
  4. Go a short 0.2 miles to turn into the boat ramp parking lot on your right.


Thursday June 1, 2017


We leave Tellico Village Sloan's at 8:30

We will paddle 3.5 miles from Riley Creek to the beautiful Whitestone Country Inn for lunch. After lunch we can take a stroll on some of the 8 miles of trails, before paddling the 3.5 miles back to Riley Creek. For those who want to burn more calories, you can add to the mileage by exploring some of the shoreline coves. Non kayaking spouses or friends are welcome to join us at the Whitestone Inn at 12:30.

This is a prepaid event costing $21.00 for lunch. The menu consists of :

The price includes rolls, tea or coffee, taxes, and tip.

Please make checks payable to Tom Dietrich and send to 298 Cheestana Way, Loudon. (This is a new address, please do not use the address in the directory.) If you have a non-kayaking spouse joining us, they need to pre-pay for the lunch also.

If you have any questions, Please call Tom Dietrich 865-657-9190.

The deadline to sign up is May 19.


Thursday June 15, 2017

Grill and Paddle

Paddle to a grilling party on a dock right here in Tellico Village

The annual Soggy Bottoms Kayak and Hot Dog Cookout will be on Thursday June 15th at 4 PM until ??? at Bob & Georgia Filip’s shoreline in the Toqua neighborhood. Getting in and out of your kayaks will be easy as they have a gentle sloping sand beach and plenty of shade in the yard. This paddle will take us from our departure point of Clear Creek Boat Ramp and follow the shoreline along the Toqua Golf Course and the Toqua neighborhood as we head eastward. We will leave Clear Creek at 4:00 pm and paddle 1 1/4 miles to Bob and Georgia's home. More ambitious paddles can continue along the shoreline to view the scenery and attractive homes. If you prefer to cool off, bring a noddle and relax in the water. We would like everyone to gather at Bob and Georgia's home by 5:30 so the feast of hot dogs, chips, and beverages can begin (beverages will be provided). The menu will include steak (that is tube steak or as it may be commonly known as Hot Dogs), chips, cookies, watermelon, bottled water, pop and an adult beverage. Barry Brandt will be the kayak leader at Clear Creek Boat launch and will be collecting the $7 per kayaker at the boat launch to defray the cost of food and drink. The paddle starts at 4 PM Thursday June 16th. Those who are kayaking from their home or driving can pay me when they get here. Please let me know if you are planning on attending so we can make sure that there is enough food and drink for everyone. We are looking forward having you join us for this cookout. Last year we had 61 attending and we would like to see more this year. PS. As in the past, non-kayaking spouses are welcome. Also, if you have contacted the Soggy Bottom’s because you are just thinking you might like kayaking, this event would give you an opportunity to meet some kayakers and see the wide variety of kayaks that are around. Hope you can join us,
Bob & Georgia Filip

PS. If you have contacted the Soggy Bottom’s because you are just thinking you might like kayaking, this event would give you an opportunity to meet others and see the wide variety of kayaks that are around.

Time: Meet at Clear Creek Boat Ramp at 4:00


Wednesday June 28, 2017

Lakeside Tavern

Come join Soggy Bottoms for a kayak paddle along the shore of the Tennessee River and into the Concord Marina cove to the always fabulous Lakeside Grill Restaurant for lunch. The driving instructions to the fishing ramp launch site are below. Please note, this is a different launch site than some of the previous trips. We will paddle up the cove, past the Concord Marina, and up to the Fox Marina before turning back to rendezvous at the Lakeside Grill. Those fast paddlers can venture farther up the cove before turning back. Please RVSP to Gail Eades by phone or g3evolution@gmail.com no later than Friday, June 23. We will notify the restaurant of the number attending and request a shady, outdoor spot! Spouses or guests of kayakers can meet us at the restaurant between 11:45 and noon.


  1. Meet at Poplar Springs boat ramp parking lot just before 9:00 a.m. We WILL be leaving at 9!!!
  2. 9:30 - drive and arrive to launch site at 10920 S Northshore
  3. 10:00 – unload kayaks, move cars and start paddle
  4. 11:00 – paddle to Fox Marina (this is la-di-da speed!)
  5. 11:30 – paddle back to Concord Marina.
  6. Noon - secure kayaks and stroll up to restaurant
  7. Paddle time back to cars is about 30 minutes.


  1. From the Hwy 321 / Hwy 11 intersection light in Lenoir City it’s 10.6 miles and about 17 minutes:
  2. Turn right and just past the Jet’s Pizza, take the immediate right turn on Oak St
  3. Take an immediate left onto Martel (No street sign!)
  4. Drive approx. 2.6 miles on Martel. At the small overpass bridge turn right, then immediate left to continue on Martel.
  5. Drive approx. 2.6 miles more and take a right turn onto Harvey; there are good signs
  6. Drive approx. 0.4 miles and take the straight ahead road to Choto Rd
  7. Drive 1.2 miles more on Choto Rd to a roundabout. Take the 3rd exit onto S Northshore, heading due north
  8. Drive 3.6 miles on Northshore, then turn right into the large parking lot where we will launch kayaks
  9. Here is a porta-potty at the parking lot.
  10. After you unload your kayaks, please move your cars to the far south end of the parking lot to get out of the way of trucks and fishing trailers

You can load the address 10920 S Northshore into your GPS


Tennessee River

details to be added


Monday July 31, 2017

Fort Loudoun State Park

Please join us for a leisurely 4.5 to 5 mi paddle around Fort Loudon State Park Island on Monday, July 31. We will launch at the swimming area and paddle past Sequoyah Marina, thru the tunnel and back to the park. We will meet at 8:00 am at the TV Sloan's Hardware and caravan to Fort Loudon. For all Kahite residents, we will stop at the Derby Downs strip mall around 8:15 to pick up paddlers that would like to join us. After the refreshing paddle, we invite everyone to join us for a light lunch at Pizzaria Venti in Vonore or to stay at the park and swim, hike or explore.

The trip leader will be Winnie Okumura


Friday August 25, 2017

Clinch River, Melton Hill to Gallagher Ramp

Meet 7:30, Poplar Springs Boat Ramp

This is a placid paddle down the lower portion of the proposed Pellissippi Blueway. The paddle is 9.2 miles, but with a significant assisting current. We’ll see lots of birds, pastoral scenery, and pass the former site of the proposed Liquid Metal, Fast Breeder reactor, if you’re into that sort of thing. Note: the early start -- trying to miss some of the heat of late August.

We will leave Poplar Springs boat ramp at 7:30. We will need to shuttle cars, so please try to consolidate as much as possible (I can carry 4 other kayaks and paddlers). We will drop the kayaks and some of the paddlers at the boat ramp below Melton Hill dam, then shuttle cars to the Gallaher Boat ramp (round trip will be 30-45 minutes). There are minimal places to stop along the way, so we will plan to eat after the paddle. Plan accordingly.

  1. Plenty of water
  2. PFDs (life jackets)
  3. Towels/change of clothes and/or shoes

Driving Directions:

  1. To the Drop-in: Take Highway 321 north through Lenoir City, over I-75, under I-40 and over the Clinch River bridge (about 10 miles).
  2. Just after the bridge, turn right to access the boat ramp.

To the Take-out:
  1. From the Melton Hill boat ramp, back-track a quarter of a mile on Highway 321 to I-40 and take the ramp on the right for I-40 West.
  2. Go west 7 miles to Exit 356, Highway 58 north.
  3. Take Highway 58 north for 3 miles, and take a slight right onto Culton Lane (this is just before a hard left-hand curve in Highway 58).
  4. Follow Culton Lane to the end (about 2/3 of a mile) and take a left into the parking lot for the boat ramp.


Wednesday September 5, 2017

Moonlight Paddle -- CANCELLED

You are invited to the Soggy Bottoms Moonlight Kayak paddle to enjoy Tellico Lake during the September full moon. The date is Tuesday, September 5th. We will paddle 3 miles around Jackson Bend Island (the big island between Tellico Village and Rarity Bay) and enjoy the evening.

We will gather for launching at Bob Filip’s sand beach (127 Saligugi Way) at 8:30 PM and those that live nearby may meet up at Bob’s House. Those that may want to drop off their kayaks in the afternoon or pick them up the following day are welcome to do so.

Sunset on September 5th is 7:58 PM and moonrise is 7:51 and we not see the moon above the trees until about 8:30. Because the moonrise time is about 40 minutes later each day, there will not be a rain date.

If there are others you know that might be interested in joining us, please feel free to forward this message.

Very important: Bring a flashlight so that the power boaters can see us (a LED flashlight inside a quart or gallon milk jug makes a wonderful Japanese lantern that can be attached to the back of the kayak). It is also helpful to wear a head lamp.


Thursday September 21, 2017

Brookfield-Calderwood Power House

Brookfield-Calderwood Hydroelectric Powerhouse on the uppermost South head of Chilhowee Lake off of Hwy. 129. Scona Lodge—Alcoa Lodge's history.
******Those going to kayak at Calderwood from Tellico Village proper will meet at Sloan’s Hardware parking lot at the intersection of 444 and 72 at 8:00 am and travel to Darby Downs strip mall parking lot to meet the Kahite personnel in Vonore.


  1. 8:30 - 8:45/ or earlier leave Darby Downs parking lot.
  2. Travel North on Hwy. 411 toward Maryville 5.0 miles to Hwy. 72 intersection.
  3. Take R on Hwy.72 and travel East for 9.0 miles to the 72/129 crossroads at Pumpkin Center.
  4. Turn R on Hwy. 129 "Tail of the Dragon” and travel 4.3 miles to the Chilhowee Dam.
  5. Continue South on Hwy. 129 6.8 miles to a right side pull off with a sign that reads, Brookfield gate 1. Turn off to the right and pass through an iron swinging gate and continue down the hill for 0.6 mile. On the way, you’ll pass big right hand curve and see a sign on the right that says “private property, no trespassing.” Disregard this as it refers to the field that they are trying too keep campers from using. Continue on the road until it dead ends at a three way intersection. Take a right at this intersection and continue 0.8 mile to the end of the road at a concrete ramp with a circle and iron gate
The concrete ramp has wooden boards embedded in the concrete and WARNING- they are slick

We’ll park in the circle and put in kayaks and travel left off the launch ramp. Total paddle distance round trip 3 miles.

Approximately noon we will picnic lunch at the launch site. Some may want to kayak after lunch, but we MUST BE BACK OUT OF THE GATED ENTRANCE ON HWY. 129 BY 3:00PM. GATE CLOSES PROMPTLY AT 3:00 PM.

PS: A special thanks to Tim Geoghegan for his time and research into the information provided for this trip.


Friday October 6, 2017

Clinton City Park

We will leave the Poplar Springs boat ramp at 8 am & drive 38 miles to the Clinton City Park. We’ll leave our kayaks & gear there, then drive our vehicles 7.5 miles to House Boat Row near the Oak Ridge Rowing Club. We’ll leave most of the vehicles there, then drive back to the Clinton City Park. It will be near 9:30 when we begin our 8.5 mile paddle.
3 miles from the end of our paddle is Gibbs Ferry Park where paddlers might want to beach & stretch their legs.

When we reach the end & have reloaded our kayaks & gear, we will eat lunch at Calhoun’s Oak Ridge. It should be approximately 1:00 pm.
Questions? Terry Nyenhuis


Friday October 27, 2017

Chilhowee to Fort Loudoun

Please join us for a beautiful, 13-mile fall paddle from just below Chilhowee Dam to Ft Loudoun. We will launch from the boat ramp across from the Harley dealership on Highway 72 and paddle back to the dock on the north side of the Ft Loudoun historical site. We will meet at the TV Sloan's Hardware at 8:00, caravan to the drop-in, and then shuttle vehicles. Bring a lunch, we'll stop somewhere along the way to eat. For questions, call Bruce Barbre