Little, Middle Prong (Tremont) - 2) First Bridge below Lynn Camp and Thunderhead Prong Confluence to Tremont Institute

Little, Middle Prong (Tremont), Tennessee, US


2) First Bridge below Lynn Camp and Thunderhead Prong Confluence to Tremont Institute (Tremont)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 2.15 Miles
Avg. Gradient 150 fpm
Max Gradient 180 fpm

Stop Sign

Stop Sign

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03497300 3.20 - 6.00 ft III-IV 00h22m 2.41 ft (too low)

River Description

This is a great stretch of local class 3+ smoky mountain creeking for those not quite ready to bit off the harder sections upstream. It also makes the Upper Tremont run longer and more satisfying.

Puting in at the takeout for the Upper section, the paddler is immediately thrown into non stop class 3 creeking for the next 2.2 miles. There are some crappy rapids and some quality ones. The big drop in here is called stop sign and is not a good place to miss a boof and/or swim. The recirculation can be terminal. If you are unsure, SET A ROPE or portage. The hole is scary. The boof is the best on the river, a great 6 foot launch pad.

Below stop sign, Spruce Flats Prong cascades in from river right, where more fun bedrock ledgy rapids wait. There is another half mile of class 3 before the run slows to class 2-3 to the takeout at Tremont institute. There is a nice parking area on river left on the other side of the road from the creek.

If you haven't had enough the last 1.5 miles is a relaxing but continuous class 2-3 creek trip that can als offer adventurous novices some exciting moments and good intro to the notion that hitting rocks is not always bad (creeking).

One more thing. There are always wood problems on this run and they are ever shifting. Have a plan for this.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-12-28 04:19:47


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 5 2013 (2082 days ago)
Ran this section for the first time today. A bit odd as I've been living in and paddling near
Knoxville, TN for a long, long time. The Little River gauge was rising as we got to the putin so it
was probably 3.4feet which, I was told, was an excellent first-time level. And I couldn't agree
more. As of today there were a few tree hazards, including one near Stop Sign Rapid (that strainer
was river-wide, looked new-ish, but was 100% clearly in-view from the road and would probably be
obvious from the river until another few inches of water puts it out of sight. I enjoyed the first
1/2 mile or so, some nice boofs into eddies and a bit of read-&-run. After the first half mile it
slowed down just a bit and I might rate it more class-3 rather than the pretty-constant class-3+
that started right at the putin.
February 18 2006 (4714 days ago)
Stephen HalesDetails
Log in stop sign rapid as of 1-21-2006. Be cautious.