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Tennessee whitewater, Big Sewee River

Meigs county, Highway 58 bridge to Decatur-Watts Bar Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I(II)     4 miles
We put in at a boat launch where the Big Sewee Creek intersects with River Road. Paddle through flat water as it winds through pastures and woods. About 45 minutes into the trip the water becomes more shallow and clear. The river passes under the historic Henley Mill Bridge (Big Sewee Creek Road) at approximately 1 1/2 hours into the trip. After passing under the bridge there are many more shallow spots and portages, so we turned around.
    All total we spent 3 hours on the creek including a few rest breaks. Very quiet and peaceful float trip with absolutely no one around. Some Blue Heron led us along the way. Says Matt & Amy

This stretch of Big Sewee
River in Tennessee is 4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I(II) section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at one of  
the great campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Athens. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are no other sections to paddle along Big Sewee River than the Highway 58 bridge to Decatur-Watts Bar Road section. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Early Slough is in the vicinity and always great to go to, and Big Sewee River is not far at all from Decatur.


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These outdoors activities are available near Big Sewee River.
 Whitewater Near Big Sewee River:
Board Camp Creek, Hamilton County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - -blank- miles long (Jones Gap Road to Soddy Creek)
Richland Creek, Rhea County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Old Dayton Reservoir to Laurel-Snow Parking Lot)
Morgan Creek, Rhea County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 1.2 miles long (Snow Falls to Laurel-Snow Parking Lot)
Piney River, Bledsoe Rhea County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 10.4 miles long (Wash-Pelfrey Road to Spring City)
Moccasin Creek, Rhea County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (Shut-In Gap Road to Piney River)
Soak Creek, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - -blank- miles long (Dirt road off Jewitt Road to Piney River)
Henderson Cr, Rhea County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 7 miles long (Liberty Hill Road to Laurel)
Brush Creek, Rhea County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Seventh Day Adventist Compound to Roaring Creek)
Stinging Fork, Rhea County, 15 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 7 miles long (Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River)
Duskin Creek, Bledsoe Rhea County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Gap Road to Piney River at Spring City)
 Ski Areas Near Big Sewee River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 95 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Big Sewee River:
Cotton Port Marina and Campground, Meigs County , 3 miles away
Landing Resort & Marina, Decatur , 9 miles away
B & B Marina, Charleston , 9 miles away
Sale Creek Marina Multiboating, Soddy Daisy , 12 miles away
Spring City Resort & Marina, Spring City , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Sewee River:
Best Western Dayton, Dayton , 7 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Dayton, Dayton , 7 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Dayton, Dayton , 8 miles away
Scottish Inns And Suites, Dayton , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express DAYTON, Dayton , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sewee River:
Cotton Port Marina and Campground, Meigs County, 3 miles away
Blue water Campground, Dayton, 4 miles away
Cottonport Fish N Camp, Decatur, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Big Sewee River:
Laurel-Snow Trail, Rhea , 9 miles away
Fooshee Pass Trail, Meigs , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sewee River:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 39 miles away
Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport - AL , 63 miles away
Harrison Bay State Park, Tennessee , 17 miles away
Park Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee , 21 miles away
Booker T. Washington State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sewee River:
Lakehaven Golf & Country Club, Decatur , 8 miles away
White Oaks Golf Course, Athens , 12 miles away
Mountain Meadows Golf, Georgetown , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sewee River
Watts Bar Lake, Meigs , 13 miles away

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