Dawn on the Thousand Mile Loop


Launch: Defeated Creek Marina, Carthage, TN. Good ramp and nice folks at the marina. Restaurant on site.

Retrieve: Ft. Laudon Marina, Lenoir City, TN. Several good ramps in the vicinity, and well-run marina. Restaurant on site and Calhoun's a short walk.

-----With a trailer boat, one puts in near the top of either river, and, at the top of the other it is about a 150 mile drive to retrieve the truck and trailer. We rented a car and retrieved in less than a day.

-----For those on the Great Loop, cruising to the head of these two rivers is one of the finest experiences of the entire journey.

Comments: Outstanding! Best in spring or fall.


-----The stories we share from our experiences on these rivers can be found at the following sites:

---------- The Tennessee River:

----- ----- ----- In the Fall

----- ----- ---- -In the Spring

----- -----The Cumberland River:

---------- ----- In the Fall

----- ----- -----In the Spring

----- -----The Little Tennessee and Tellico Rivers:

----- ----- -----Not to be Missed - Anytime

-----The charts of these rivers are available from the Corps of Engineers, either to purchase as a 'book' or to download from their site on the Internet. Navigation chips for chartplotters are available for some of the route, usually found under Fishing Lakes. Fred Meyer has excellent guidebooks for the rivers, and should be carried - he lists anchorages, marinas, hazards, hhistory and good up-to-date factual knowledge for the cruiser.


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