Tellico - 1. Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River

Tellico, Tennessee, US


1. Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03518500 1.30 - 4.00 ft II-III 01h08m 2 ft (running)

River Description

The entire run is roadside. Mostly class 2 with some class 2 plus ledges.

See also

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-04-27 14:30:28

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 5 2013 (2078 days ago)
Matt WellsDetails
Ran the last 4 miles of this section of river on 4.2.2013 at 2.1', from the foot bridge over the
Tellico upstream of North River down to the bridge above Bald River (the usual put-in for the
Tellico Ledges run). Great class 2+ read and run boogie water at that level with no hazards. Ran
this entire 7 mile section of river again on 4.3.2013 at 1.9', started at the Trout Hatchery and
that water level was definitely too low, especially for the first 1.5 miles down to the community
of Green Cove. The gauge is about 18 miles downstream from the Trout Hatchery so look for at least
2.2' for a minimum on the Upper Tellico. There were two river-wide strainers requiring portage, the
first about 3/4 mi. downstream of the Trout Hatchery and the second was at the rapid immediately
upstream of Green Cove, visible from the motel. Although this is a class 2+/3 run, depending on
water level, there is one 1/4 mile section of river that warrants class 4 rating, especially at
levels above 3'. That section is immediately upstream of the foot bridge that crosses the Tellico,
and is visible from the road. I ran this section of Upper Tellico on river left most of the way
down, over 4 distinct rapids, the first three being ledges about 5' high, each separated by about
50 yards or less in distance, and the final big drop being 10'+. For the first three drops, there
were alternate routes on the river right side that were less vertical, but for the final drop,
there was only one route, starting from river left and riding the main chute of the big drop to
river right. Any paddlers who are not comfortable on the main Tellico Ledges section should scout
and portage along the road.
May 19 2003 (5688 days ago)
There are a few 8 to 10 foot tall ledges above north river. When the river was over three feet,
these drops were bigger than the first two ledges on the section below.

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