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Tennessee whitewater, Island Creek

Morgan county, Catoosa Bridge to Emory River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     2 miles
  This stretch of Island Creek in Morgan County is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV+ section. The wonderful Morgan County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. There's camping available near Island Creek. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors
    are sure to keep you coming back for more. The starting point is not too far from Harriman, as you can see on the road map further down. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Catoosa Bridge to Emory
River section is one of them. The Cumberland Plateau Mountains scenery is wonderful. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no  
problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Obed Wild & Scenic River is a good national park It's always tremendous to pop by Nemo Rapids. That right there is plenty of amusing things already but it goes on, the Cumberland Plateau Mountains has it all. Here at Island Creek you'll almost certainly meet some people from Oakdale. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Island Creek. Summer nighttime lows sink down to the 60's. For the period of the winter highs are usually in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Island Creek.

Island Creek, Catoosa Bridge to Emory River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Island Creek.
 Whitewater Near Island Creek:
Island Creek, Morgan County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Catoosa Bridge to Emory River)
Obed River, Cumberland/ Morgan County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Nemo to Oakdale)
Island Creek, Morgan County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Catoosa Road to Catoosa Bridge)
Clear Creek, Morgan County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Lilly to Nemo)
Emory River, Morgan County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Emory River Canyon - Highway 62 to Nemo)
Little Clear Creek, -blank- County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Highway 62 to Lily)
Crooked Fork Creek, Morgan County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Potter's Falls to Camp Austin)
Clear Creek, Morgan County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.5 miles long (Jett to Lilly)
Emory River, Morgan County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 21.2 miles long (Gobey Bridge to Oakdale)
Obed River, Cumberland/ Morgan County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (Obed Junction to Nemo)
 Ski Areas Near Island Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 79 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Island Creek:
Kingston KOA Kampground and Marina, Kingston , 14 miles away
Harbour Point Marina, Rockwood , 15 miles away
Bayside Marina & Resort, Ten Mile , 17 miles away
Marina & Dock Supply, Spring City , 18 miles away
Eden Marina, Spring City , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Island Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HARRIMAN, Harriman , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn Harriman, Harriman , 10 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Harriman, Harriman , 10 miles away
Travelodge Harriman, Harriman , 10 miles away
Days Inn Harriman, Harriman , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Island Creek:
Obed River Camp, Lancing, 5 miles away
Clear Creek Campsite, Clarkrange, 9 miles away
Caney Creek Campground, Roane County, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Island Creek:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 3 miles away
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 27 miles away
Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee , 16 miles away
Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 25 miles away
Pickett State Park, Tennessee , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Island Creek:
Emory Golf & Country Club, Harriman , 10 miles away
Rockwood Golf & Country Club, Rockwood , 10 miles away
Southwest Point Golf Course, Kingston , 14 miles away

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