Ha ha ha....poor Charlie! Charlie and I paddled on Tellico during Hurricane Lee on Labor Day weekend. We had the whole lake to ourselves....I guess because we got 8" of rain! Anyway, Charlie paddled so hard that he broke his 20 year old bent shaft paddle! Just thought you would like to see the picture! Will someone buy him another?
This is a campsite on a beach near the trail but off the main channel. We hung our hammocks in the woods and had a fire on the beach. AWESOME!
This is sunset in the cove. BEAUTIFUL afternoon paddle!
How about THAT sunrise! All this in the Coytee Cove area!
To finish the entire Little T shoreline paddle, I need to go from Coytee to the dam on both shorelines and paddle the section of Clear Creek. Then I need to go to Fontana and finish Panther Creek and the section from the Lake up as far as I can go on the Nanny....and the entire shoreline of the Little T will be paddled!
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.