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.

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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.

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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


BRING:



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


DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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



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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.

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Monday June 4, 2018


Tellico Lake



details to be added

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Thursday June 21, 2018


Tellico Dam



details to be added

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Tuesday July 10, 2018


Melton Hill



details to be added--below is a description from a prior outing

This is a serene and scenic paddle down the Clinch River to the Melton Hill Dam. The paddle is 4.75 miles long, one-way in Melton Hill Lake on the Clinch River, and should take 2 hours or less. At the dam there is a very nice shaded picnic and recreation area along the lake. We will picnic under the trees and for those who are interested, there is a nice swimming beach.

DETAILS:

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 the Hickory Creek 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 Hickory Creek while the car drivers reposition the cars down to the Melton Hill Dam and return to Hickory Creek in one (or two) cars. We will picnic lunch at tables or on the shady lawn and swim. Well-maintained restrooms are available.

BRING:



Driving Instructions:

TELLICO VILLAGE TO HICKORY CREEK PARK

  1. Take the Interstate (or Route 11) to Watt Road Exit
  2. Turn left on Watt Road, which turns into Everett Road
  3. Proceed past the Vulcan Materials Quarry on right
  4. At 1.1 miles beyond the Interstate turn left (sign reads Buttermilk Road)
  5. The turn is tricky – do not travel more than 1.1 miles beyond interstate 40 junction!!
  6. Make an immediate right onto Everett Road again
  7. Park is .4 miles down road on right


HICKORY CREEK PARK to MELTON HILL DAM

  1. From Hickory Creek Park travel 0.4 miles to Buttermilk Road.
  2. Turn right onto Buttermilk Road and travel approximately 4.5 miles to Woodlawn Road
  3. Turn right onto Woodlawn Road and travel approximately 0.3 miles
  4. Turn left into the TVA Melton Hill Dam area and proceed through the gates.
  5. Make the first right-hand turn after the gates
  6. Proceed a short distance and make the first right-hand turn
  7. Proceed a short distance and make the first left-hand turn into a parking lot
  8. Drop off vehicles
  9. Return to Hickory Creek in as few cars as possible


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Wednesday July 18, 2018


Fort Loudoun State Park



details from prior year(s) and may change
Please join us for a leisurely 4.5 to 5 mi paddle around Fort Loudon State Park Island on Monday, July 18. 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

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Wednesday August 1, 2018


Tellico Lake



details to be added

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Monday August 13, 2018


Clinch River



details to be added

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Wednesday September 5, 2018


Night on Tellico Lake



details to be added

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Thursday September 20, 2018


Holston River



details to be added

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Tuesday October 2, 2018


Poplar Springs to Calhouns



details to be added

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Wednesday October 17, 2018


Caney Fork



details to be added

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Monday, October 29, 2018


Tellico Blueway



details from prior year(s) and may change
We will meet at Sloan's Hardware for an 8:00 am departure. This trip is an 11 mile paddle with little to no current, but through one of the prettiest sections of Tellico Lake.  It is important that each paddler can maintain a pace close to that of the group so we can all remain relatively close together. There are several points along the paddle where it is very easy to go the wrong direction.  
We will stop for 30 minutes for lunch so the entire paddle will take 4.5 to 5 hours. I will try to arrange a shuttle service so we won’t have to shuttle our own cars between the put-in at Big Creek Ramp and the take-out at Ballplay Ramp.  This would add almost another hour to our day.  
It is important that each paddler can maintain a pace close to that of the group so we can all remain relatively close together. There are several off-shoots along the way that can send you in the wrong direction.

If you are planning to participate, please send me an email (bruceb612@gmail.com) indicating that you plan to go, and how many people/kayaks you could carry. We will plan to car-pool to minimize the number of shuttle drivers needed, but I need an early estimate so I can try to identify a sufficient number of volunteer drivers. 

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.


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