Little - 4. Townsend to Dam at Melrose

Little, Tennessee, US


4. Townsend to Dam at Melrose

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 15 fpm


Photo by Forrest Easterly taken 04/02/16

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03498500 450 - 3000 cfs II 00h55m 214 cfs (too low)

River Description

This is a nice stretch of river with short class II rapids interspersed between long quiet pools. There is adequate parking at the put-in (at public park across Hwy 321 from Apple Valley Country Store) and a TVA boat ramp at the takeout (at old mill dam on Hwy 321 near Melrose). You can put-in at the "Y" in the park which adds about 5 miles to the run but be aware there is a dam at about river mile 33.5 (TopoZone) that must be portaged. There is a warning sign on river left as you approach the dam at the Melrose takeout, but pay attention.

Also there are the remains of a dam about 3/4 mile below Walland (about river mile 23, TopoZone). About 2/3 of the dam has been demolished (part remains on river right). This is best run at extreme river left at higher flows but be careful as there is potential for dangerous hydraulics at very high flows.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-07-19 23:04:49


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