Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Calderwood Lake overnight

If you desire to get away from it all but stay close to home, load your canoe and drive to Cheoah Dam. Below the dam is small campground and put-in along a gravel road downstream from the dam. I took my friends Charlie, Peter and Carrie on an overnight trip on July 4 two years ago. We only saw one fishing boat on the two day trip. We were also blessed to see two Bald Eagles, Opsrey and many Kingfishers. Be sure and see the tunnel on river right after you pass under the power lines. Here is a pic of Charlie at the edge of the tunnel as we were taking shelter from the rain. The tunnel is passable when TVA is not generating electricity and the water is not up. Plan your trip accordingly so you can paddle through it. Also look up Parsons Branch...also on river right. This area has a super swim area, waterfall and cascade.

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