Little Pigeon, West Prong - 4. Gatlinburg to 1st bridge in Pigeon Forge

Little Pigeon, West Prong, Tennessee, US


4. Gatlinburg to 1st bridge in Pigeon Forge

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 6.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

River Description

Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, B. Sehlinger and
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2007-01-09 14:12:26


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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August 31 2013 (1729 days ago)
Spiffalish (155805)
I've paddled this section twice this summer. Definitlely not the greatest run when water levels are
low, lots of bones. But even low, there are a couple of good shoots and rapids. Wish some sections
were cleaner (there are signs along this section of river warning not swim or fish due to bacteria
levels). Not sure if this is still an issue as it was a result of a spill over a year ago.
May 12 2006 (4397 days ago)
Jonathon HuhnDetails
We got there the day before and the river was low. The next day,after getting geared up for hiking
for the day, on our on way to go hiking, saw the river was perfect. We putin at Herbert Holt park
on the end of the strip. No Way Jose's was about a 3/4 of a mile upriver. The night before, there
was heavy rainfall due to tornado weather, the West Prong was perfect. When we were at the park
getting geared up, out of nowhere came some dark storm clouds. It rained hard for ten minutes and
then went away.The class two and three action was setup for Mike, Chris, myself,and not last but
not least,Mike's six year old son Collin. There flatwater for about 1/2 of a mile before the class
two plus started off. The first set of rapids we hit were great. The river after that was pretty
much like the following: strech of swift moving flatwater to anywhere between 15-45 yards of
constant class 2/3 rapids. There is a very nice five foot slide about halfway to three fourths down
this run right before the second to last bridge. It is after the bridge on the RIVER LEFT next to
the highway. Chris was the leader on this trip. He went first, Mike and Collin second, and I went
third for safety reason's. After Chris saw the slide he was yelling,Mike go right and then yelling
Jon hit that hole. We took out in Pigeon Forge behind a hotel. I can't think of the name of it.
However , there is a sewage treatment plant that dumps treated sewage into the West Prong . Going
into Pigeon Forge, the water was all flat and the headwinds coming of the river were hard and cold.
If you take the time to scout the entire run from the highway, you will see all sorts of options as
far putins and takeouts.I would urge boaters to check it out.It was a great run, except for the
trash on the river from the strip in Gatlinburg and the treatment plant. It's about six plus miles
or so.

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