Clear Fork - 1. Gatewood Bridge to Brewster Bridge

Clear Fork, Tennessee, US


1. Gatewood Bridge to Brewster Bridge

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03409500 400 - 4000 cfs I-II 00h37m 811 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.
More officially known as Clear Fork of the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-01-14 12:19:38

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 30 2018 (172 days ago)
tamkif (160118)
We went from Peters Ford to Brewster on 6/29/18 it was at about 2300 cfs. There was one class II,
nice run. I have done it much lower and this was much better!
June 6 2017 (560 days ago)
Pat CurranDetails
We ran from Gatewood Bridge to Brewster Bridge in tandem open canoes (17' Old Town Tripper, and a
16' Old Town Discovery) back in 2002. To this day, that was maybe my favorite stream I've ever run.
Beautiful, remote, and frequent Class II rapids that were fun but not dangerous or scary. It was
running about 600 cfs which was perfect.
January 18 2011 (2891 days ago)
Write up from MLK Paddle - Pick up Trip - 1-17-11 courtesy of D. Luinstra/TVCC 1/18/11, posted here
by realheavyd (D. Smith/TVCC) 6 miles of the upper Clear Fork River, (Peter's Bridge to Brewster
Bridge) ~260 CFS and holding at the Burnt Mill gauge 20 miles downstream of Peters Bridge the put
in. Needs more water ~ 500 CFS would be much better. low 40s no sun, zero rapids, One gravel bar I
miss read and had to wade about 20 feet. There were lots of ice bars in the eddies, and all paddled
up on them to break them. The fun lasted for probably 1/2 mile, then we just ignored them. A couple
of times there were river wide ice sheets, just a few feet of breaking ice. About 1.5 miles from
the takeout was a huge pool, and the ice breaking was serious, several 100+ yard ice sheets to
break. I had a good time, good to just get out. Let us say the Ice Breaker L'edge was not
effective, the small bore, short stroke, low revving, one cylinder is definitely lacking in torque
and HP. It seems to be lacking in both traction and control, spinning needlessly, emitting noisy &
vile emissions (unwanted perturbation to a wanted signal). (^; I played with the Garmin GPS. I set
it to navigate to the takeout "off road" and used the trip meter. Knowing the run was about 6 miles
and the distance traveled was helpful. Also the guessing how far we had paddled was enlightening.
The guesses were all close, within a quarter mile after 3 miles. The trip accomplished what I
wanted, safe easy paddle and just out for the day. Added by D. Smith: At this low level (bare
minimum and not recommended, by the way), there was really only one actual "rapid" of note and the
rest of the run was pretty much all class I flat water. I will try to post the video of me in my
solo canoe on that "rapid".
April 14 2009 (3536 days ago)
x (1)
We ran the upper portion on the same day the teenagers and other guy went I believe. We saw them at
Peter's Ford where we took out. We were there on Sat. April 11th though.We also were planning to
run Brewster to Burnt Mill but figured the upper section would be calmer since it's only rated
Class 1-2. Boy was we wrong! The section we ran (Gatewood to Peters) at 2400cfs now had several
class 3 (3+) which some were really technical trying to guide our tandem inflatable kayak through.
We also encountered 2 river wide strainers which had to be portaged on river right. They were in
places where the current was very strong. I would highly recommend scouting anywhere you see
whitewater and can't see around the bend! I'm sure this would be a beautiful run at lower flows,
however, we didn't have time for scenery; we were too busy preparing for the next rapid. I believe
this run is approximately 6 miles from Gatewood to Peters Bridge. We'll probably try again at MUCH
lower flows.
April 13 2009 (3537 days ago)
x (1)
We ran a portion of this section on April 10, 2009. We had planned to run Brewster Bridge to Burnt
Mill, but heavy rains had pushed the Robbins gauge up to 2400 cfs. Five teenage boys and an old
fart seemed a little risky. Put-in at Peters Bridge. Great water level for this group and this
section. Fun, but not overwhelming. Excellent scenery, big boulders in river, rockhouses, bluffs
and the occassional rapid. Great trip!

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