Daddy's Creek - 3. Antioch Bridge to Devils Breakfast Table Bridge


Daddy's Creek, Tennessee, US

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3. Antioch Bridge to Devils Breakfast Table Bridge

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 6.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 37 fpm
Max Gradient 100 fpm

Daddy's Creek Canyon scenery


Daddy's Creek Canyon scenery
Photo by Robert Martin taken 03/15/02 @ 1.3?

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Daddys Creek at Anticoch Bridge
virtual-49164 1.30 - 4.00 ft III-IV 01h07m ~ 1.59 ft (running)
The ideal range for typical Daddys Creek paddlers is 1.6 to 2.4 feet. This is a very reliable correlation
DADDYS CREEK NEAR HEBBERTSBURG, TN
usgs-03539600 300 - 2000 cfs III-IV 01h05m 421 cfs (running)


River Description

What a terrific run! The first couple of miles has a lot of flat water with several Class II to Class III- rapids to get warmed up. The confluence with Yellow Creek on river right is the sign that the difficulty will soon pick up. Within a quarter mile you will see the clifts of the "canyon" section with super whitewater in the form of ledges and play holes. The big one here is "Rattlesnake" (Class IV+) which as you might guess is a double curved rapid with a ledge at the end. By the way, the rattle is at the front and the "fang" is the last ledge drop of the rapid which is ususally run center to right center.

Rob Martin contributed:

The scenery is spectacular! The water is emerald green. The whitewater is challenging without being extreme. Just mentioning Daddy's Creek Canyon will bring a smile on anyone's face who has expierienced this place.

Caution!! Access to Devil's Breakfast Table is controlled by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  Catoosa WMA is closed for Feb 1 thru March 29, 2013 for a wildlife rest period and access to the WMA is closed to all users and no vehicle access is allowed. April 5-7, 12-14, 16-18, 20-21 (Young Sportsman Hunt), 23-25, 26-28, and April 30-May 2, 2013 are turkey hunts. During these hunting days, the Catoosa WMA access is restricted to all but hunters. There are usually signs posted during hunts and rest periods alerting you that the area and roads are closed to access. If you are uncertain, check at the NPS Obed Wild and Scenic River office in Wartburg or with TWRA. TWRA has fined boaters in the past for driving to and parking at the Devil's Breakfast Table parking area during these hunts and restricted times. The fine has been as much as $142 per person.

TWRA Contact: Jim Lane (931) 456-2479.

An alternate access point below Devil's Breakfast Table is located about 2 miles downstream on river left after the confluence with the Obed River, known as Obed Junction (OBJ). The carry-out is up a 3/4 mile steep, rocky trail. The shuttle from Antioch Bridge to OBJ is 43 miles in each direction. OBJ is very isolated with little traffic and has been the site of vandalism in the past. Don't leave valuable items in your vehicles.

For more information about the creek, please click here.
To know the TSRA hunting schedule, please click here and look at the top header.

 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-05-24 09:40:26

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments


2014-04-07 07:03:54 (227 days ago)
bshammer0 (156377)
This is a run all should put on their list of plateau gems! We ran this one at high water (2.6ft @
the bridge) which is at the very high end of recommended levels. At this level it was very pushy
and squirrely, and the unnamed rapids below Rattlesnake and Rocking Chair became massive holes
surrounded by hard eddy lines. The Canyon itself is one of the most scenic places I've ever
paddled! You can check out footage of our run here: https://vimeo.com/91223555

2014-02-10 09:50:24 (283 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
The first 3 miles, of this section, are suitable to our needs; we need to takeout before the
confluence with Yellow Creek. From Pevine Road down there are about 10 class 2 rapids, with 3 class
3 rapids sprinkled throughout. The best access for takeout is close to the area Simon and I drove
around in. From the river I saw 3 riverside houses/trailers that were big enough to have direct
road or 4x4 access all the way down to the river. I think it is downstream of the people we talked
with ("mama said no"). It is downstream of McNeal road, Sawyer Ridge Road, Henry Hill and Turner
Bluff Road. I found 2 of these structures on google earth but I could not see where the roads are
that access these. They are directly down the hill from a driveway that is the first left off of
Bowman lane. To clarify, take Hebbertsburg road, go left on McNeil Road, right on Bowman Road and
its the first left. Maybe Harold's velvet tongue can sweet talk us an easy takeout. Minimum flow
for canoes and kayaks 400 cfs on USGS Daddys Creek Near Hebbertsburg, TN gage; that's 1.4 of the
bridge gauge at Peavine road. Minimum flow for inflatables is 500 cfs, that's 1.6 on the Peavine
bridge gage. It was so brutally cold that I could not get my fingers to work to take pictures or
notes. Its the first time while kayaking that I have had water freeze in my goatee. I will try to
get back up there and collect a more detailed account of each rapid.

2013-09-17 02:00:27 (429 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
Daddy's Creek Canyon: Class 3-4 (listed on AW as Daddy's Creek - 3. Antioch Bridge to Devils
Breakfast Table Bridge) - Run is from "Antioch" Bridge (aka Peavine Road Bridge, TN-101 bridge) to
Hebbertsburg Road. - From Coal Creek Farm to put in: take 68 north west, stay right and go north on
127/28, right on 392, it becomes 101/peavine road in about 10 minutes you will cross the put in
bridge for Daddy's Creek. - Flow minimum is 350 cfs on Daddy's Creek near Hebbertsburg TN gauge. -
Flow max is about 1500 cfs on Daddy's Creek near Hebbertsburg TN gauge. - The first couple of miles
has a lot of flat water with several Class II to Class III rapids to get warmed up. The confluence
with Yellow Creek on river right is the sign that the difficulty will soon pick up. Within a
quarter mile you will see the cliffs of the "canyon" section with whitewater in the form of ledges
and play holes. There are 3 bigger drops in here (Class 4 in nature). - Total Distance is 6.8 river
miles. - Access issues: The Catoosa and Keys-Harrison wildlife management areas will be closed
during these days: Deer: Archery Oct 15-17 18-20, 21-23 Oct 29-30 Deer: Gun Oct 29-30, Nov 10-12,
Nov 17-19, Dec 1-3, Dec 15-17 Wildlife rest period Feb 1,2011 to the last Friday in March, 2011
Turkey - Apr. 6-8 13-15,17-19,24-26,27-29. Turkey - May1-3 These closures prohibit access to DBT.
DBT to Nemo and Daddy's Creek runs. Daddy's Creek the lower section: Class 2+. Put in on
Hebbertsberg Road and take out on Potters Chapel Road (aka Obed Junction) (not listed on AW) -
Runis from Hebbertsburg Road bridge (Devils Breakfast Table bridge) to Obed Junction. - Distance of
about 1.5 miles. - Flow minimum is 1.5 ft on Daddy's Creek near Hebbertsburg, TN. - Flow max is 4
ft on Daddy's Creek near Hebbertsburg, TN. - Not much info.

2013-01-06 07:15:52 (683 days ago)
whudgensDetails
Ran Daddy's for the first time on Jan 5, 2013 with six other boaters who'd all run it at least 2-3
times, mostly at higher water levels. I routinely paddle class 4 in a Nomad 8.5 Level was 1.4feet
at the Antioch Bridge. Several of the more experienced in our group commented that, while it was
Low , it was still a fun level. There was no griping about it being a waste of time. As a newcomer
to the river I found all of the rapids very manageable. As others have recently posted there were
no logs/strainers during our run. The canyon/cliff section had several spots pulsing eddies and
swirling eddy-lines that reminded me of Chattooga Section 3's "The Narrows" when paddled at higher
water levels. Most of our group either ran left or right at the Fang of the Rattlesnake as the
middle Boof was too shallow. Ideally I'd like my next run to be in the 1.7 to 1.8 range of the
bridge gauge.

2009-12-27 04:32:16 (1789 days ago)
Shane EddlemanDetails
Ran Daddy's today and here is the USGS cfs reading to Antioch Bridge gauge correlations I observed.
USGS online 7:15 reading:542 cfs ; we launched at 9:30am and the bridge reading was 1.9 ft. I
checked the online gauge after our run and at 11:15 the USGS was reading 513 cfs. I wished now that
I would have checked the bridge gauge when leaving. So anyway what is being observed now differs
from what is noted on AW. Something to look into on future trips to understand the true
correlations.
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