Daddy's Creek - 2. Sutton Dam to Antioch Bridge

Daddy's Creek, Tennessee, US


2. Sutton Dam to Antioch Bridge

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 13 Miles
Avg. Gradient 21 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03539600 2.60 - 7.60 ft I-II 00h37m 2.66 ft (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Paddlers Guide to the Obed Emory
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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-10-16 20:44:11


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.0Wave 2 DaddyIIPlayspot Photo
4.0Murphy's MayhemIIHazard Photo
4.2Puff DaddyIIPhoto
4.3Ay PapiIIPhoto
4.5Come to DaddyIIHazard Photo
5.5Daddy's RightIIHazard Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Wave 2 Daddy (Class II, Mile 2.0)

Wave 2 Daddy rapid at 5ft

Wave 2 Daddy rapid at 5ft
Photo by Simon K taken 04/30/14

Large wave train in high water @ 5ft

Murphy's Mayhem (Class II, Mile 4.0)

Murphy's Mayhem

Murphy's Mayhem
Photo by Simon taken 04/02/14

Cut hard left to avoid strainer and undercut rock on rivers right.

Puff Daddy (Class II, Mile 4.2)

Puff Daddy

Puff Daddy
Photo by Simon taken 04/02/14

Easy Class II that funnels straight through a small chute with a wave at the bottom.

Ay Papi (Class II, Mile 4.3)

Ay Papi

Ay Papi
Photo by Simon taken 03/18/14 @ 2.70 ft

Nice easy Class II rapid that has a few rocks to navigate through before a small spillover wave.

Come to Daddy (Class II, Mile 4.5)

Come To Daddy

Come To Daddy
Photo by Simon taken 04/02/14


Class II with a few moves in a small rock garden.

Daddy's Right (Class II, Mile 5.5)

Daddy's Right

Daddy's Right
Photo by Simon taken 04/02/14


Easy Class II with a large rock wall on the left with undercut on river left.

User Comments

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May 18 2014 (1705 days ago)
mhalverson12 (156505)
***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

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

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!
April 30 2014 (1723 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
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.
April 8 2014 (1745 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
Sam Frances is a local who lives at the Peavine Bridge that has possible put in and take out info.
April 2 2014 (1751 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
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.
October 24 2013 (1911 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
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.
September 17 2013 (1948 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
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.
September 16 2013 (1949 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
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.
February 7 2002 (6188 days ago)
Jason RobertsonDetails
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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