Little - 3. Elbow to the 'Y' (Townsend)

Little, Tennessee, US


3. Elbow to the 'Y' (Townsend)

Usual Difficulty II+(III) (for normal flows)
Length 2.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm

Mary's Rock

Mary's Rock
Photo of Mary's Rock by Mike Coffey taken 01/22/06 @ 3.35ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03497300 2.60 - 6.00 ft II+(III) 00h30m 2.37 ft (too low)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2008-03-30 21:27:00

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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January 19 2013 (2188 days ago)
Ran this section late afternoon Jan 19th, 2013. About 3.6ft on the gauge. The usual pleasant, class
2 run. A few new strainers here and there from the 6-8 inches of rain that came down this week, but
nothing that really causes any problems. One log all the way across the creek, but high up in the
air, enough to duck under.
April 16 2011 (2832 days ago)
Was curious, the map on this section has from the Y to down in Townsend and that section isn't
really mentioned on any of the Little descriptions in AW? Earlier this Spring we ran from the Elbow
to Y section and also about a couple of miles beyond to the KOA campground.. it was a lot of fun
and at least 3 good class 2+/3- rapids w/ a few class 1/2 also at around 3ft on the Townsend gauge.
Just thought i'd mention it and see if anyone else has run this part?
July 1 2009 (3486 days ago)
Mark SingletonDetails
Park Dispatch Office number (865) 436-1230 See BoaterTalk post: June 25, 2009 - If you didn't catch it, an
overturned kayak was found just outside of the Smokies on the MP of the Little Pigeon. It spurred a
search and rescue scenario that was serious enough for it to be reported to local TV stations. Not
sure of the outcome and I hope everyone is OK. But this did raise a very significant question. Who
do we notify when we a boat gets pinned or gets out of our control in the Smokies and darkness or
other circumstances force us to abandon it for any period of time? My friend Russell asked this
question and this was his post on a local paddling list serve. I asked the GSMNP folks what would
be the best way to report a lost boat.Here is their reply: Hello, If there is a report of an
accident or missing person, the park responds and/or conducts a search, but just finding an empty
kayak in the water would not necessarily result in a full-fledged search and rescue effort as the
town of Pittman Center launched during the recent incident. If one of your club members loses a
boat, but is otherwise okay, please call the park's Dispatch Office at (865) 436-1230 to let them
know that an empty boat may be found and it is not an emergency situation. This is a non-emergency
line which is staffed from 6:00 a.m. - midnight, but if a serious accident or other emergency has
occurred in the park, sometimes all available dispatchers have to concentrate on radio
communications among responding units and don't answer the line. If there is an accident with a
serious injury or a member of your party is known to be missing, please call 911. Best regards,C.
BloomGreat Smoky Mountains National Park
March 23 2009 (3586 days ago)
x (1)
Hit the "Y" this weekend with my buddy Jesse. There was a log obstructing the entry into the main
rapid at the "Y". We paddled to the island it was on and moved it out of the way. The "Y" rapid
should now be clear for use until the next big rain :)
December 20 2008 (3679 days ago)
x (1)
12/20/2008. The log above Mary's Rock blocking the main channel was moved free in the December 11,
2008 high water. It has moved downstream closer to Mary's Rock, but a boat can manuver around it.
Louis Rudolph
February 3 2008 (4000 days ago)
Michael CoffeyDetails
As of 2/3/08 there is a log across the main channel a couple of hundred yards or so above Mary's
rock - easily seen with easy portage on river right - just something to be aware of.