Clear Creek Jett to Lilly
Levels: 170-2000 CFS
Description: This beautiful section of Clear Creek is a beginner’s paradise. Remote,
good recover pools and excellent water quality are just a few of the reasons many
paddlers flock to this section. Recently ETWC build a change spot at the Jett put-in. The
river is mainly class II boogy water with a few sections of excitement. Each Rapid has
pools after it for recover. The biggest rapid of this section occurs just above the takeout.
Lilly Bridge Rapid is a tiered drop on river right. As skills progress this is a great place
to practice eddy hopping and cross current ferries. Below the rapid you will eddy out
on river right and climb the large concrete staircase to the bridge and takeout. A new
bathroom has recently been built at the Lilly Bridge and is a nice added amenity.
French Broad Sec. 11 (Del Rio to Bridgeport)
Class I to II (III)
Levels: 600-10000 CFS
Description: This is a beautiful section of the French broad that takes you from one rural
town to another if you choose to run the entire section. You can cut down on the flat
water as well as time on this trip if you park at a pull off above the falls (Viewable from
the road) or at the falls and take out at the big new bridge(pull off’s on both sides takeout
is river left). There is a thin strip of public land right between the private property lines.
Contact has been made with the owners at the falls and they are building a cabin, but
they don’t mind boaters as long as we don’t litter. This run is about 1.5hrs. Rapids are;
Waterfall (III), Campsite Rapid (II), Milky Way(II+), Mini Size Milky Way (II), Vee
Rapid (II), (Construction Rapid (II). There is still flat water but it is a good beginner run,
most rapids are deep and allow for good recovery. A few small class I rapids are scattered
in that list, but not worth having a name. Remember this is a Beginner run and a good
place to learn eddy turns, combat rolling and any other basic skill needed.
Little River Sinks to Elbow
Levels: 1.4-4.8 feet
Description: The Little River is the staple of the Smokies Region boating scene. It is a
larger watershed that will run for a day or two after all the other creeks have fallen out.
Mainly a Class III+ run it begins and ends with a bang. The Meanies(IV) Sinks(IV+)
lead you out at the put-in. After the Sinks it is a solid Class III creek down to Eddy Out.
This III+ to IV requires a boof off of a flake on river left to avoid the small hole and cave
that the current wants to drive you towards. The eddy just above the final drop is on river
left and helps to set your angle for the boof. Beyond Eddy Out the river slows down to
class III boogie including a few fun drops like Bottoms up, Airplane turn and Tunnel.
The river has an easy class IV finish with the elbow. This is often paddler’s first class IV
rapid and the key is staying right along the way. The rock on paddlers left in the chute
is undercut. The take out is about 100 yards down on river left. This is a great creek run
that can be ran at lower levels for intro to higher levels for difficulty. If the Little is too
high look to paddle Tremont on the other side of the ridge.