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Difficulty IV-V
Length 1 Miles
Gauge TELLICO RIVER AT TELLICO PLAINS, TN
Flow Range 7.00 - 15.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 2.35 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/07/2006 7:17 pm

River Description


This run is a novelty. It will help soothe an otherwise skunked day in the area. It is very beautiful, but also very short. Hiking a mile yields around 8 quality ledge drops and a bew boulder jumbles. This is all in the first 1/3 of a mile. The last 2/3 of the run back to the car is class 3-4 boogie rapids with some wood to look out for.

To get to the creek, turn east off of 411 just 1 mile north of the road that goes to Gee Creek Campground. This is Gee Creek road and goes through the impoverished community of Wetmore. After crossing the RR tracks, make a right and stay on this road as it goes around 2 miles around to the takeout for the creek. From here it is a 1 mile hike to the top of the good stuff. Once you have made it to the top of the double boof rapid shown below, there is nothing else above but wood choked class 2-3, though the hike is interesting.

Here is a description from the late Stan Guy:

Gee Creek is VERY Goforth-esque in that it is a hike up run from the takeout, it is REAL TIGHT, and you will always spend more time hiking-in/scouting than you will on the creek cause it is SO fast and the eddy count is slim.

1st known run by Jason Murrell, Winter of 2003.

This is a definite IV+/V-(V)run. While it doesn't have a lot of wood, it does have one log jam and another hidden danger of a tunnel in the middle of the run. You won't known it is there at highwater.

On the way up you will want to memorize the run. For the most part you just have to stay in the flow and keep your bow up. Stayin in the main flow is easy enough cause this creek is probably 15-20 FEET wide at its WIDEST point.

The only other eddy on the creek was just above the log-jam and portaging wouldnt be bad at all.

Just above the log-jam eddys is where Gee Creek gets steep and fun. There are five large ledge drops of class 3 to 4+ difficulty in a row with III+ boogie water in between.

Of these drops the first one is the tallest at 14 feet and it is clean into a deep pool. The hike from the top of the second drop to the top of the first drop goes from class II+ hiking to class IV+. It is slick and it is straight uphill. There are 2 great looking class 5 boulder gardens above these ledge drops that are kinda like some on the Trailhead section of the West Prong. Fun stuff.

The second drop is about 8 feet, but the line is tight. The next three drops look almost identical at about 4-5 feet each and the move on all three is center-to-left with the bow UP. This gets you to the top log-jam eddy.

The entrance to the tunnel was at the bottom of the 4th drop and right above my eddy to portage from. The tunnel was completely underwater and I decided that as long as I kept the bow up and didn't go down the center then everything would still be ok.

The rest of the run is mostly just a matter of not pitoning or broaching on any of the piss-me-off rocks that were all over the place.

Rapid Descriptions

Double Boof Ledge

Class - IV+ Mile - 0
Looks like a double boof right then center. Don't boof the first one too hard, otherwise you will take a hard hit and possibly botch the second one. Make a nose dropping boof.

Boulder Clog 1

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.06
Scout it, cause it probably has wood. It can be run cleanly on the right though.

Double Slide

Class - IV Mile - 0.11
A fun double bedrock slide rapid.

Entrance to 12 foot falls

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.2
This stuff is blind and pushy, so bring your A game.

12 Foot Falls

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.24
Looks like a sweet boof off the middle into a pool that looks to be at least 6-8 feet deep. Good clean drop.

8 foot drop

Class - IV Mile - 0.25
Run this one on the left side of the creek, keeping the bow up.

Triple ledges

Class - IV Mile - 0.3
Good fun, right down the middle.

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trey coleman
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12 years ago

i've hiked this creek many, many times and basically its too choked with wood to run safely. given that it rarely gets enough water to run, there are lots of trees that have fallen down into the creek and would bunch up together if it got a big rain event. another note, if you hike up way above where most of these suggestions point to, you have some pretty quality drops and possibly some strainer free boating. the problem is that the trail requires multiple crossings in order to get up more than a mile. personally, this is a run that if nothing else is happening and you have a day to kill then have at it. however, its probably a lot of work for little payback and you could end up stuck in a strainer.

Gage Descriptions

The run has a drainage of maybe 2 square miles, so look for over 2.5 to 3 inches of rain in the last 12 hours. Tellico at flood and Ocoee at 8000 would be a good indicator that this one is going.

If it is too low, go hit up Coker at high water, Conasauga Creek, or head down to Big Creek that flows into the Ocoee.

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