Paddled Tellico from mile18.8 to 15.8 yesterday. That is from the 411 bridge along the south shore to the Island Creek buoys and back down the northshore. It took 4.5 hours and counting all the coves and islands was about 12 miles. The most interesting thing was two bald eagles flying together in cove which parallels highway 411. The eagles were soaring along with an osprey which then began to dive bomb the eagles. What a sight. Saw an osprey fold its wings and dive to the water bring up a fish in its talons. The fish tail was flapping very fast as the osprey held the fish head first while flying along the shore. Hilarious! I could not find a good place to put-in around the 411 bridge. Sequoyah Marina did not have a ramp or easy access, none of the industry had public access and I did not want to paddle from Vonore Beach. So I had to park at the 411 bridge and put in down a steep bank. You know the area...its the pull-off just as you go over the bridge south bound. Good day!
In autumn 1979 My grandfather took me trout fishing one day along the banks of the Little Tennessee River. When we finished and got into his car he closed the door and said "Take a look...next week this will be a lake." In November, TVA closed the flood gates and Tellico Lake was born. Good-by to the Little Tennessee River as we knew it.
This website is about getting you excited to paddle the "finger lakes" of the Smokies. Since there is no going back, we should enjoy these five lakes. Here are photos and stories from Fontana, Cheoah, Calderwood, Chilhowee and Tellico Lakes.
Hey this is Jeff Wadley. I love the Smokies! I also enjoy guiding others into the mountains hoping they can expereince God's wonders and want to know more about Him.
I grew up in Gatlinburg and have hiked all the trails in the Smokies, have almost finished paddling the Little Tennessee River from Fontana to Ft. Loudon and am working on hiking all the trails in Joyce Kilmer, Slickrock, Citico, Gee Creek and Bald River Wilderness Areas.
I am the author of "Mayday! Mayday! Aircraft Crashes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park". It is my desire for you to enjoy the Smokies and at least consider the wonders of God's creation.