Little - 1. Bridge at Elkmont to Sinks

Little, Tennessee, US


1. Bridge at Elkmont to Sinks

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles

Downstrean view from Elkmont Bridge

Downstrean view from Elkmont Bridge
Photo of The river by James Locke taken 09/18/04 @ 1.5 Elkmont

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03497300 2.80 - 6.00 ft II-III 00h20m 2.83 ft (running)

River Description

Photo of Keith Clark pinned above the Sinks, courtesy of Julie Keller (
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2008-03-30 20:49:57

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 8 2015 (1374 days ago)
geckopaddles (156173)
There is a fallen tree completely across the river about 1/4 to 1/2 mile above the bridge. Portage
on river right.
January 22 2013 (2149 days ago)
A significant strainer on the Elkmont to Metcalf section. Approx 0.5 miles upstream of Metcalf,
where there's a small island, a large log runs across the river-left-side channel at the islands.
Numerous smaller strainers are also caught up in the log. My group was able to run river-right of
the island and slip past another, less hazardous, strainer there even though the water was much
more shallow.
March 14 2011 (2829 days ago)
Judith RanelliDetails
At 3.6 on the gauge I would rank this as III not II-III. It has several rapids equivalent to Lesser
Wesser on the Nantahala.
July 1 2009 (3449 days ago)
Mark SingletonDetails
Park Dispatch Office number (865) 436-1230 See BoaterTalk post: June 25, 2009 - If you didn't catch it, an
overturned kayak was found just outside of the Smokies on the MP of the Little Pigeon. It spurred a
search and rescue scenario that was serious enough for it to be reported to local TV stations. Not
sure of the outcome and I hope everyone is OK. But this did raise a very significant question. Who
do we notify when we a boat gets pinned or gets out of our control in the Smokies and darkness or
other circumstances force us to abandon it for any period of time? My friend Russell asked this
question and this was his post on a local paddling list serve. I asked the GSMNP folks what would
be the best way to report a lost boat.Here is their reply: Hello, If there is a report of an
accident or missing person, the park responds and/or conducts a search, but just finding an empty
kayak in the water would not necessarily result in a full-fledged search and rescue effort as the
town of Pittman Center launched during the recent incident. If one of your club members loses a
boat, but is otherwise okay, please call the park's Dispatch Office at (865) 436-1230 to let them
know that an empty boat may be found and it is not an emergency situation. This is a non-emergency
line which is staffed from 6:00 a.m. - midnight, but if a serious accident or other emergency has
occurred in the park, sometimes all available dispatchers have to concentrate on radio
communications among responding units and don't answer the line. If there is an accident with a
serious injury or a member of your party is known to be missing, please call 911. Best regards,C.
BloomGreat Smoky Mountains National Park
April 21 2009 (3521 days ago)
mattheha (149847)
ran this section at 3.04 ft on townsend gauge. very fun narrow creek with nonstop class 2-3 rapids
and lots of playspots. didnt see any other paddlers, several fisherman and tourists however. couple
of nice 3-4 ft ledges, and some class 3 rapids near the end. strainers are pretty common, and below
the 2nd bridge was a mandatory not-very easy portage due to a riverwide strainer. matt hagan
louisville ky oc-1
September 12 2005 (4837 days ago)
Charles and Nancy BrabecDetails
Why don't you replace the Maryville gauge information with the data and link for the Townsend
gauge? The Townsend gauge is a lot closer and it appears that there is enough information about it
to make the levels more accurate.
December 6 2004 (5117 days ago)
Brad JenkinsDetails
this section really should be re-ranked 2/4. The section right under the bridge has 3 nice rapids
very close to each and with enough water easily make up a class 4 rapid.

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