Heavy Southeast Rains= Whitewater Kayaking Heaven

It has been an amazing winter in Tennessee and the SE USA in General.    Perfectly situated low and high pressure fronts have met in a way that parks the rain right over our drainages and dumps enormous amounts of water.    My son, KC, counted over 7 new “lakes” in our yard due to 100% saturated ground and nowhere for the water to go.    Rock Island peaked last night at 106,000 cfs and is still 100k.     This is a river with an average flow of about 2,400 cfs!

Trailer Park Wave, random local creeks that almost never run, and big water Rock Island.     Life is good!    My truck has both my Nirvana and my Rock Star in it.     I was hoping for a first descent of “Francher Falls” today (80′ into Center Hill Lake), but with Dane gone, Nick injured, and only Clay and I, we might let it slip.   

KC getting into the action as well!

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Big rains means lawn ponds at the Jackson ranch! Couldn’t convince KC to swim but he was into kayaking on it!

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EJ

 

Comments on “Heavy Southeast Rains= Whitewater Kayaking Heaven”

  1. C. Walker
    March 24, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I am a avid lake kayaker.. I am 43 and have a great desire to get into whitewater.: What would be your suggestion on a goood starter kayak and creeks or Rivers to start on.. I live in scottsboro al and would love to start the process of getting where I could kayak the ocoee one day..I have rafted multiple times and would love the freedom of doing it in a kayak.. am I to d to start?Lol

    1. April 3, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Hey C. Walker!

      For your first WW model I have a few suggestions but it would help to know your weight.

      Nirvana Lg or Traverse 10 are both longer, larger options if you are over 180 lbs. The Traverse has a skeg, or rudder that drops so you could cruise Guntersville a bit or just try longer, easier stretches of WW. The boat itself if a rock-solid creeker just outfitted for mixed use. The Nirvana is our top end creeker but honestly it’s very easy to paddle and cruises over everything better than our previous models. These would be your ”get me ready for Ocoee the fastest” options. That said – for overall life-long paddling and a wide range of uses I would suggest the Antix – as these are much more playful, surfy boats you can enjoy on easier whitewater – even eddy lines – and then ”step up” to harder things in as well. I LOVE my Antix Large (I ‘m 175) for just about any river situation – it’s fun to surf the waves in Columbus, GA or Rock Island but I can also drop into LRC Canyon no problem. The Nirvana and Traverse are easier downriver but won’t surf as easily or feel as ”sporty” on easy current. So the question is what will you paddle the most? What do your friends use? Do you have an easier WW river you’ll run close by or will it be weekends on Ocoee until you can try South Sauty or Chairlift section? If remote rivers and creeks are your goals – stick to the creek boats. If dam-release Nanatahala / Ocoee / Columbus is where your friends go think about the Antix in a slightly larger size for your weight. Hope this helps! Clay Also – NOC / Jeremy Adkins / ACE on the Ocoee all offer great instruction 🙂

    2. April 3, 2019 at 10:51 am

      Hey C. Walker!

      For your first WW model I have a few suggestions but it would help to know your weight.

      Nirvana Lg or Traverse 10 are both longer, larger options if you are over 180 lbs. The Traverse has a skeg, or rudder that drops so you could cruise Guntersville a bit or just try longer, easier stretches of WW. The boat itself if a rock-solid creeker just outfitted for mixed use. The Nirvana is our top end creeker but honestly it’s very easy to paddle and cruises over everything better than our previous models. These would be your ”get me ready for Ocoee the fastest” options. That said – for overall life-long paddling and a wide range of uses I would suggest the Antix – as these are much more playful, surfy boats you can enjoy on easier whitewater – even eddy lines – and then ”step up” to harder things in as well. I LOVE my Antix Large (I ‘m 175) for just about any river situation – it’s fun to surf the waves in Columbus, GA or Rock Island but I can also drop into LRC Canyon no problem. The Nirvana and Traverse are easier downriver but won’t surf as easily or feel as ”sporty” on easy current. So the question is what will you paddle the most? What do your friends use? Do you have an easier WW river you’ll run close by or will it be weekends on Ocoee until you can try South Sauty or Chairlift section? If remote rivers and creeks are your goals – stick to the creek boats. If dam-release Nanatahala / Ocoee / Columbus is where your friends go think about the Antix in a slightly larger size for your weight. Hope this helps! Hit me up again with your size and I’ll do better. Clay Also – NOC / Jeremy Adkins / ACE on the Ocoee all offer great instruction 🙂

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