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Old 10-08-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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Hello everyone!

Could anyone tell me the best places to kayak in this area?

My hubby and I just moved to this area from Illinois (the state with the most governors who have gone to prison), and we love here!

Thanks!
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:31 PM
 
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Whitewater? What class?
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:28 PM
 
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Not whitewater, just a peaceful, calm trip down the river.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Sullivan County, Tennessee
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You might want to consider the Clinch River starting over around Clinchport in Scott County, Virginia and going down into Hancock County, Tennessee. A friend of mine and his family have doing that course for years. They more recently bought a cabin site on the river in Hancock near Kyles Ford. There is a retreat/restaurant/outfitter down in Kyles Ford called "River Place On The Clinch" that might be able to provide guidance. Authentic Appalachia

Lots of people do whitewater on the Nolichucky above Erwin, Tennessee, but it seems to be a peaceful river from Erwin (or at least Embreeville) on downstream to Davy Crockett dam at Greenville. I'm not sure about public access points. There used to be an outfitter on 107 between Embreeville and Erwin that mostly did whitewater excursions.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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There are fairly long & tranquil stretches (and launch sites) on the S. Holston River in Kingsport and Bluff City; be sure to check TVA's schedule for water releases from S. Holston Dam beforehand, though. There's a launch site for the North Holston River in Weber City, VA just outside Kingsport. And, of course, there are numerous TVA lakes that would also be nice kayaking spots.
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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Thank you Jim and Kam, this information greatly appreciated! I'm not positive what TVA stands for, please expound!!!!!
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, Tn
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Tennessee Valley Authority. It's the Hydro Electric Dams all through the region.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Sullivan County, Tennessee
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TVA- Tennessee Valley Authority. The TVA was created during the 1930s by the federal government to harness the Tennessee River and it's tributaries for flood control and electric power production among other things. (Some of the hydro dams along the Tennessee-Kentucky borders are US Arny Corp of Engineers. I think the closest of those to Tri-Cities is Dale Hollow.)

Power production on some dams is coordinated throughout the day on a sequence that results in the level on the tailwater from each dams raising several feet when generating. It can be exciting and dangerous to be in the stream when it occurs.
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