Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024
Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024

Paddling

Knoxville’s beautiful rivers – the French Broad, Holston, and Tennessee – plus mountain streams, deep blue quarries, and peaceful lakes provide unparalleled recreational opportunities.


KNOXVILLE FLAT WATER PADDLING

Paddlers in canoes and kayaks or on standup paddleboards will glide along Knoxville’s sparking rivers and lakes. With over 50 river miles carving a path through the heart of the city, two tranquil quarries, and acres of smooth water lakes, a paddling adventure provides the perfect blend of exercise and fun.

KNOXVILLE RIVERS AND LAKES

French Broad River

Holston River

Tennessee River

Fort Loudoun Lake

Melton Hill Lake

Meads Quarry

Fort Dickerson Quarry

REGIONAL RIVERS AND LAKES

Within about an hour’s drive of Knoxville, many other paddling opportunities await on lakes and rivers throughout East Tennessee. Scenic mountain lakes and wide open rivers call to paddlers of every skill level.

Clinch River

Little River

Nolichucky River

Pigeon River

Powell River

Big South Fork River

Cherokee Lake 

Chilhowee Lake

Cove Lake

Douglas Lake

Norris Lake

Obed Wild and Scenic River

Tellico Lake

Watts Bar Lake

WHITEWATER PADDLING

East Tennessee is famous for exceptional whitewater – the Obed Wild and Scenic River area and the Big South Fork National River are regarded as some of the best in the country. And, the Ocoee, Hiwassee, and Pigeon rivers are controlled by dams so provide whitewater paddling long after most free flowing rivers have slowed. Wherever you go in the region, the spray of whitewater is not far away.

WHITEWATER  LOCATIONS

Big South Fork National River

Cherokee National Forest - North

Cherokee National Forest - South

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Obed Wild & Scenic River

Walden Ridge

Western Plateau

PADDLING GROUPS AND RESOURCES

CHOTA Canoe & Kayak Club 

East TN Rowing Organization 

East TN Whitewater Club 

Knoxville On The Water Meetup 

Knoxville Rowing Association 

KTown SUP Club 

Oak Ridge Rowing Association 

Tennessee Crew 

Trail Blazers Adventure Racing 

UT Outdoor Rec Program 

American Canoe Organization 

American Whitewater 

Edgetrekker 

Paddling.net 

Smoky Mountain Kayaking 

Tennessee Scenic River Association 

TVA

Pellissippi Blueway

East TN River Gauge

Whitewater River Gauge

NWS Rainfall Map

Flood Warnings

Concord Yacht Club