Beaver Creek, Tennessee, US
Pellisippi Parkway to Melton Hill Lake
||I-II (for normal flows)
Beaver CreekPhoto by Kirk Eddlemon
This run has smelly brown water, but so does Crooked Fork. The difference is Crooked Fork has good
rapids, and this one is very low gradient. The stream moves suprisingly well though, with
continuous class 1 riffles and occasional features. The scenery is better than you would think, and
its cool to float on moving water with riffles 15 minutes from downtown K-town. It has a relatively
remote feel considering its in West Knoxville. I am sure the water quality is no good, but it can't
be as bad as some of the runs those Metro ATL boaters hit like Sweetwater and the Metro Hooch. The
watershed at the putin is 86 square miles, which is pretty sizable. You can run this after a half
inch of rain in Knoxville anytime of the year I would think.
Here is a description:
Putin at Solway Park, right off Solway road. You can carry down to the creek at the bridge. There
is a side-surf spot there and a usgs gauge on the river left wall. From here don't expect much, as
this is a complete beginner run. The only exception is the occasional strainer that must be dealt
with. There are frequent shoals, riffles, and eddies, with a nice surf wave at 1.6 on the Swafford
gauge a few miles in. Before passing under Swafford bridge there is a class 2 chute and some nice
s-bends. Below here there are maybe 2 more class 2 rapids. You hit the lake at about mile 4.25 and
have a half to 3/4 mile lake paddle to the takeout, which is on river left at the first point where
you see a gravel road come down to the lake. This is TVA land and can be used as an easy take out.
Just carry up the old road about 300 yards and you are at the small parking area.
Access: Use Solway park to park at the putin, launching at Solway Road bridge. Takeout is reached
by going towards Hardin Valley Road on Solway from the putin, and taking a right on Sam Lee road.
This will eventually turn into some other road, but after about 3 miles, take a right on Couch
Mill. This will go about a mile and then you will veer right to not go on a private road. Shortly
you will be driving through a very wealthy neighborhood and will dead end in a cul-de-sac. There is
a smaller drive that goes straight through the cul-de-sac. Take that 50 yards to a little parking
area in front of a closed gate. This is TVA land and seems like a pretty safe place to park and
leave your car. Walk down to the lake to mark your takeout. Total shuttle is about 8 minutes and 5
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Last Updated: 2006-08-02 11:48:52