Paddlers Guide to the Obed EmoryThis run starts slow for the first two miles and than builds witha mini gorge containing 3 class 2+ rapids. After 3 more miles of flat water there is a nice set ofabout 10 class 2+ rapids. Total distance is over 6 miles.
Large wave train in high water @ 5ft
Cut hard left to avoid strainer and undercut rock on rivers right.
Easy Class II that funnels straight through a small chute with a wave at the bottom.
Nice easy Class II rapid that has a few rocks to navigate through before a small spillover wave.
Class II with a few moves in a small rock garden.
Easy Class II with a large rock wall on the left with undercut on river left.
***The AW page/map for this run is incorrect. I'm not sure where Sutton Dam is...but all of the class II rapids listed are between Chestnut Hill Rd and Peavine Rd***
I ran this with the wife on 5/16 in our Dagger Axis kayaks. We put in at Chestnut Hill Rd (northwest corner) and took out at Peavine Rd (northwest corner); about 8.25 miles. Both of these corners were not posted and fairly accessible (we used a rope to hoist kayaks up/down the ledges).
We ran it at 2.7ft (Hebbertsburg gauge) and I would estimate it takes 2-3 hours at this level if you paddle straight through. I would not run it any lower, lots of scraping/rock dodging on the shallow class I sections (class II sections were OK). We did not encounter any major obstructions/strainer.
We are novice kayakers and were able to manage all of these rapids without too much trouble.
Watch out for Murphy's Mayhem, it cuts hard left after the drop with the current flowing straight into a large undercut rock which can easily flip you if you don't paddle hard enough out of the flow, as we learned!
Great scenery and beginner run with no real consequences!
4-29-14 Chestnut hill bridge-Peavine bridge at 5 feet water level. Said above recommend but we saw no real problems at this water level. Large wave trains and lots of logs and trees that could cause a real problem. It took us just under two hours at this water level on a 13 foot Mini Me and the Mini Max with one kayak as our safety. River crew was George, Steve, Tim, Russell, Debbie Sue, Crisler and Taft. Great and interesting to paddle at this level.
Sam Frances is a local who lives at the Peavine Bridge that has possible put in and take out info. (931)484-1639
3/20/14 Feet stage gauge was running at 2.6 on Daddys Creek near Hebbertsburg, TN or 11 inches on the gauge at Peavine bridge. Still good on a hard boat, any lower than this is not recommended with a rubber boat larger than a Mini Me.
Ran it today with Crisler. Put in at the Fairfield Glads Bluff and took out at Peavine bridge. Water was at 1.49 Feet, not even close to runnable. Took us 5 hours and walked 1/3 of the river. We where able to take out strainer at Murphy's Mayhem. The hike down the Bluff was not to bad and when water is flowing this will cut out a large section of flat water. Definite under cut rock at Murphy's Mayhem and Daddy's Right. The level of rapids pick up after the island and really begin to start after Murphy's Mayhem.
Upper Daddy's: Class 2+ (this run is a portion of the section listed on AW as Daddy's Creek - 2. Sutton Dam to Antioch Bridge)
- Run is from Chestnut Hill Road (near Crab Orchard) to "Antioch" Bridge (aka Peavine Road Bridge, TN-101 bridge)
- From Coal Creek Farm put in: take 68 north west, go right on Cox valley, Right on TN-70, left on first road after going under I-40, right on Chestnut Hill Road.
- Parking at both the put in and take out is ample.
- Flow minimum is 3 ft on Daddy's near Hebbertsburg TN gauge. (2.8 was the level on our first trip.
- Flow max is about 5.5 on Daddy's Creek near Hebbertsburg TN gauge.
- Flow should be above 4 ft or 650 cfs for use of the Avon Ranger.
- River Description: This run starts slow for the first two miles and than builds with a mini gorge containing 3 class 2+ rapids. After 3 more miles of flat water there is a nice set of about 10 class 2+ rapids. Total distance is over 6 miles.
July 13 2013 river was running at 2.8ft. We did this with 15 of people all ages. Great beginner to intermediate float, slow and scenic in the first 3/4 than picking up to nice class II towards the last section. Bad strainer near the end with major consequences. Put in at Peavine rd bridge and took out at Chestnut hill bridge.
2002 Hunting Schedule: Note that the short take-out is typically closed during these hunts and that boater vehicles are often ticketed wiht hefty fines.
Feb 1 thru March 29 --- Wildlife Rest period.
Turkey Hunts-April 5-7, 12-14, 16-18, 23-25, 26-28, April 30 - May 2
April 20-21 Youth Hunt
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From Coal Creek Farm put in: take 68 north west,go right on Cox valley, Right on TN-70, left on first road after going under I-40, right onChestnut Hill Road. - Parking at both the put in and take out is ample.
Wave 2 Daddy rapid at 5ft
Come To Daddy
Below Recommend Flow
River crew on the water
Shredder vs Strainer
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