Pigeon - 2. Lower Pigeon


Pigeon, Tennessee, US

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2. Lower Pigeon (Bridge at Hartford to Denton)

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 4.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 17 fpm

Pigeon Ledges


Pigeon Ledges
Photo by Chuck Spornick taken 08/15/04 @ 2,100 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
PIGEON R BL POWER PLANT NR WATERVILLE, NC
usgs-03460795 1200 - 2500 cfs II(III) 01h46m 301 cfs (too low)


River Description

Put in at one of the many outfitters along river right. Make certain that you have the permission of the outfitter before parking at their place. Similarly at the take-out make certain to park near the bridge.
From the bridge, the river works down several Class I-II ledge drops. Then the current slows and the river is impounded by a lake that lasts nearly half a mile. The pattern then resume of working down small ledges. At mile 2.8 the river passes underneath I-40 for the first of two times. As the river turns to the left, you soon encounter the Ledges, a series of Class II+ drops.
After the last ledge the current briefly calms then quickly loses gradient for the next quarter mile. These shoals offer many holes and rocks to negotiate through fast current. After another series of Class 1-2 drops the river calms as it turns to the left. Here is the river is divided by Brown Island, just above the most significant rapid on the river, Maytag [Class II(III)]. Work to either the right or the left of the bridge support for I-40. After another small drop, the river passes underneath the bridge for Greasy Cove.
A few hundred feet on the right is the public take-out.

 


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Last Updated: 2013-02-17 01:06:04

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
3.0LedgesII+Playspot Photo
4.3MaytagIIIPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

Ledges (Class II+, Mile 3.0)

Pigeon Ledges

Pigeon Ledges
Photo by Chuck Spornick taken 08/15/04 @ 2,100 cfs

As the river turns to the left, you soon encounter the Ledges. These are a series of Class 2+ drops, offering both excellent surfing waves and holes with boil lines deeper than most boats, with releases over 2,000 cfs After the last ledge the current briefly calms then quickly loses gradient for the next quarter mile. These shoals offer many holes and rocks to negotiate through fast current.

Maytag (Class III, Mile 4.3)

Maytag Hole

Maytag Hole
Photo of Hole on River Left by Chuck Spornick taken 08/15/04 @ 2,100 cfs

Take the channel to the left; although you need to work to the river right side of the channel, lest you want to spend some spend some time in the hole on river left--at levels above 2,000 the hole is very agitated. At the end of the island then ride the wave train, working to the right to avoid the left of the bridge supports. There is an eddy on river right. After another small drop, the river passes underneath the bridge for Greasey Cove. A few hundred feet on the right is the public take-out.


User Comments


2004-08-28 23:36:27 (3522 days ago)
Travis ProffittDetails
Me and some buddies ran this stretch of the Pigeon today. We had a great time. The ledges provide a
number of play opportunities...did some bow stands and such today at the larger set of ledges after
the 1st I-40 bridge. Maytag is fun, just stay to the left! Good short trip, could run it twice
probably. We took some pictures...will add them on here as soon as possible.
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