Clear Creek - 4. Lilly to Nemo


Clear Creek, Tennessee, US

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4. Lilly to Nemo (Clear Creek Gorge)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 7.5 Miles
Max Gradient 53 fpm

Clear Creek


Clear Creek
Photo by Tom O'Keefe taken 03/05/04 @ 370 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CLEAR CREEK AT LILLY BRIDGE NEAR LANCING, TN
usgs-03539778 180 - 2000 cfs II-IV 00h29m 451 cfs (running)


River Description

Logistics: The take-out for Clear Creek is actually on the Emory River at the old Nemo Bridge. From the town of Wartburg (willl find a National Park visitor center here), follow the signs to the Nemo Access from Old Highway 27 and head out the southwest corner of town and continue 6.0 miles down to the river. Ample parking and a nice day-use area with changing area and picnic tables can be found upstream river left of the old Nemo Bridge. This is a great meeting point and place to hangout after your run. To reach the put-in, head back up to Old Highway 27 and go west 1.9 miles and turn up onto Highway 27 and after 3.3 miles turn left onto Highway 62. Follow this road 9.1 miles to the turn for Lilly Access (marked by a sign). The road to this access winds 3.3 miles down to the river. You will find parking downstream river left of the bridge.

Description: The Clear Creek Canyon from Lilly Bridge to the Obed River confluence is only 1.5 miles but the run continues on the Obed and then the Emory River for a full 7.5 mile run. At moderate flows this is a good intermediate run for those who also appreciate the scenery of the undeveloped river canyon. The pools between rapids are a little long in places, but there are several good class III rapids. Just be aware of the undercuts as there are a couple bad ones on this run.

Downstream of Lilly Bridge, the river flows through Jacks Rock, Camel Rock, Wootens Folly, Rock Jumble, and Focus Falls. These are all pool drop class III rapids with long recovery sections in between.

Once you reach the Obed River confluence you will be on a medium volume river. Here you willl encounter four more class III rapids. the last two are Keep Right and Widowmaker. You will find some fun surfing waves in this section.

See Obed River (Obed Junction to Nemo).

For more great photos of Clear Creek see (www.JulieKeller.com.

 

Here's the official Obed Wild & Scenic River Map with all the putins and takeouts.

 

 

For more information please click on the link below:

 

http://www.waldensridgewhitewater.com/obed_emory/ClearCreek.htm


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Last Updated: 2010-09-27 14:34:43

Clear Creek

Detail Trip Report  Clear Creek  Clear Creek, TN(1.02MB .jpeg)

Clear Creek

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Clear Creek

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Clear Creek

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Clear Creek

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Entrance to Wooten's Folly

Detail Trip Report  Entrance to Wooten's Folly  Clear Creek, TN(102.76KB .jpeg)

Clear Creek Fun

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Tara at Clear Creek

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Jack's Rocks Falls

Detail Trip Report  Jack's Rocks Falls  Clear Creek, TN(74.46KB .jpeg)

James & Gordon at Whooten's Folley

Detail Trip Report  James & Gordon at Whooten's Folley  Clear Creek, TN(70.69KB .jpeg)

Allen at Jack's Rock falls

Detail Trip Report  Allen at Jack's Rock falls  Clear Creek, TN(1.31MB .mpg)

Billy Bob Scarborough at Whooten's Folley

Detail Trip Report  Billy Bob Scarborough at Whooten's Folley  Clear Creek, TN(1.31MB .mpg)

Jim Wei at Jacks Rock.

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Clear Creek Canyon vista

Detail Trip Report  Clear Creek Canyon vista  Clear Creek, TN(135.05KB .jpeg)

OC-1 on Jack's Rock

Detail Trip Report  OC-1 on Jack's Rock  Clear Creek, TN(2.72MB .bmp)

91909 Lily/Clear Creek

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91909 Lily/Clear Creek

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9-27-09 NEMO/OWSR

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9-27-09 Clear Creek

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9-27-09 NEMO/OWSR

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9-27-09 Clear Creek

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Tandem Canoe in Jacks Rock

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Trey Barrow on Clear Creek

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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Gage: also see 03540500 Emory R at Oakdale, Low - 800; high 6000
Suitable for canoes, kayaks, rafts at higher flows

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CLEAR CREEK AT LILLY BRIDGE NEAR LANCING, TN
usgs-03539778 180 - 2000 cfs II-IV 00h29m 451 cfs (running)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
180 -2000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-IV

Report - Reports of Clear Creek 4. Lilly to Nemo and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Clear Creek [TN] Jim Wei at Jacks Rock. medium Robert Martin
Clear Creek [TN] Tara at Clear Creek n/a Andrew McClanahan
Clear Creek (Lilly to Nemo) [TN] Clear Creek Fun n/a Andrew McClanahan
Clear Creek [TN] Clear Creek n/a Matt Muir
4y267d03h54m /Clear Creek-4. Lilly to Nemo [TN] Trey Barrow on Clear Creek n/a Hugh Barrow
7y8d05h30m /Clear Creek-4. Lilly to Nemo [TN] Tandem Canoe in Jacks Rock n/a Thomas DeVoe
8y151d05h27m Clear Creek/Lilly [TN] Clear Creek Lilly Bridge n/a 0
8y159d01h45m @Clear Creek 4. Lilly to Nemo [TN] Falling....But currently raining;should be rising by AM n/a 0
> 10 years Clear Creek [TN] OC-1 on Jack's Rock 200cfs Michael Smith
> 10 years Clear Creek [TN] James & Gordon at Whooten's Folley 2 ft at Jett Bridge James Locke
> 10 years Clear Creek [TN] Clear Creek 370 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Clear Creek [TN] Billy Bob Scarborough at Whooten's Folley 775 & 3300 James Locke
> 10 years Clear Creek [TN] Allen at Jack's Rock falls 750 cfs James Locke
> 10 years Clear Creek [TN] Clear Creek Canyon vista med. low Robert Martin
> 10 years Clear Creek [TN] Entrance to Wooten's Folly 2700 cfs on E. O. kemper begley

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
March 24 2017 (336 days ago)
Caesar OngDetails
Yellow OC spotted pinned under Camel Rock today (March 23rd) around 7pm. Pinned boat is not in the
way. We didn't try extracting since we were running short on daylight. Hope owner is fine.
March 20 2017 (340 days ago)
clay wrightDetails
There is a hike out option for emergencies or 'with permission' short day runs called ''Canoe
Hole'' which is park service road / property BUT the road is impassable except by 4wheelers and the
road goes through a farm and the last parking is someone's front yard. We asked Mr. Hardwick and
his dog Bear for permission to park outside his house at the end of Hardwick road and it was
granted. This gave us a 1 mile shuttle to Lilly Bridge, a paddling trip to rocky beach at the end
of a long pool 2 rapids below the confluence and a steep / rocky 30 minute hike up to our cars. If
you use this option, be respectful and remember this is the Bible Belt! Do not change clothes in
his front yard (there is no where else to do it - so we drove shuttle in fleece) don't let your dog
out to chase cattle, drink beer, drop cigarette butts or gas receipts etc. He asked that we stay on
the road around his field rather than cut through - which seemed obvious but might have been an
issue in the past. We looked for trash to pick up for him and there was NONE.
December 7 2014 (1174 days ago)
Nhinckley (156905)
Here's a video: https://vimeo.com/113674271 Nathan Hinckley nhinckley@mac.com 865-216-1820
September 17 2013 (1620 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
Lower Clear Creek into the Emory Class 2-4 (listed on AW as Clear Creek - 4. Lilly to Nemo). -
Minimum flow is 200 cfs for canoes, 600 cfs for Avon Ranger on Clear Creek at Lilly bridge near
Lancing, TN. - Max flow is about 2,000 cfs. - Run is 7.5 river miles. - Downstream of Lilly Bridge,
the river flows through Jacks Rock, Camel Rock, Wootens Folly, Rock Jumble, and Focus Falls. These
are all pool drop class III rapids with long recovery sections in between. - Once you reach the
Obed River confluence you will be on a medium volume river. Here you will encounter four more class
III rapids. The last two are keep right and widow maker. You can find some good surfing waves in
this section.
February 27 2006 (4379 days ago)
Matt BrownDetails
We (Christy Johnson, Owen Simcoe, and I) paddled Clear Creek/Obed from Jett to Nemo yesterday, and
was it ever cold! No more than 45 degrees in the broad sunshine, and more like 40 most of the time
in the shade. A comment about Jack's Rock Falls: don't run the left side of the rapid! It looks
boat-scoutable, but what looks like a cute little slide from the top is actually a hole that
munched Owen and me before we figured out that you really don't want to run that line. From the top
left eddy, you want to ferry across to river right, above the rock that protrudes from the top of
the drop, in order to get lined up for the cute little slide. I don't mean to imply that the rapid
is super tough, or that the move is hard at all; it's just more fun to know the right (right) line,
so I hope some future rookie on Clear Creek will read this and avoid the left (wrong) line. We
found Wooten's Folly to be anticlimactic after the adventure at Jack's; it just seemed like a fun
class 3 drop, not the scary monster we were preparing ourselves for, because you can see the line
more easily than you can at Jack's. Overall, a very fun run; too bad you can't eliminate some of
the flatwater after the Obed confluence. There was one big wavetrain, though, that reminded us of
Double Trouble on the Ocoee -- nice big rollercoaster waves with absolutely nothing else to worry
about. I can't wait to run this stretch again when it's warmer!
March 2 2005 (4741 days ago)
James LockeDetails
I will try & get this page looking better soon. I brought my camera last trip, but battery died
b/c I left in cold car so no pics! Anyway, thanks to Billy Bob Scarborough we now have GPS
Locations for
Jacks Rock: N36 05.969', W 84 42.803'The location is on the river left bank just upstream to
entrance of rapid.
Wooten's Folley: N36 05.846' W84 42.550 The location on this one is also on river left, at the
start of the trail to the rock on the river left bank above the 2nd drop & right below Wooten's
Folley slot
SYOTR
December 6 2004 (4826 days ago)
Brad JenkinsDetails
this one starts off great, however once you get on the Obed the run has very long sections of
flatwater with few rapids being more then just wave-trains. I never saw a class 4 rapid on this
section, Widowmaker??? where, the big 3 in Clear Creek Gorge where much better. Water level was
around 550.
November 28 2004 (4834 days ago)
clay wrightDetails
"Wooten's Folley' was named for Dick Wooten, a TSRA member / Explorer post leader who canoed
all over the SE w/o using flotation.

No 'h'
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November 17 2003 (5211 days ago)
Kirk EddlemonDetails
At 10,000 cfs at Lilly Bridge, this run is among the most exciting around. There will be 20 foot
waves at wootens folly. No death holes, but no eddies either. Don't swim. Your voice will be hoarse
from screaming.

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Jacks Rock FallsIIIWaterfall Photo Video
0.5Camel RockIIIHazard
0.8Wooten's FolleyIII+Photo Video
1.0Rock JumbleIII
1.3Focus FallsIII
1.5Obed River confluence
2.3Canoe HoleIIIAccess
3.1Keep RightIII
3.5Widow MakerIII
6.0Emory River conflunce
7.5Nemo bridge - Take-out

Rapid Descriptions

Jacks Rock Falls (Class III, Mile 0.3)
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Jack's Rocks Falls

Jack's Rocks Falls
Photo of James Locke by John Campbell taken 03/15/04 @ 2 ft at Jett Bridge

Easy class III drop of about 8 feet. First five feet drop down a slide then 3-4 ft drop into a hole (easily punched through). This rapid has a conjested approach making boat scouting difficult

Camel Rock (Class III, Mile 0.5)
The Camel is to be run far river right. The middle is to be advoided because there is a nasty undercut formation called the Camel's hump.

Wooten's Folley (Class III+, Mile 0.8)
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James & Gordon at Whooten's Folley

James & Gordon at Whooten's Folley
Photo of James Locke & Gordon Abney by John Campbell taken 03/15/04 @ 2 ft at Jett Bridge


Obed River confluence
With the Obed and Clear Creek coming together the river usually triples in volume


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