This will be the fourth in a series of canoe trips sponsored by TCWP and Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation, with the goal of experiencing the Three Bends and nearby Melton Hill Lake/Clinch River (also known as Pellissippi ) Blueway from the water.
We’ll meet at 9 a.m. at Solway Park near the Haw Ridge bicycle trailhead and car shuttle to put in near the Old Edgemoor Road inlet. We’ll paddle downstream along the banks of Haw Ridge and into several shady and quiet inlets and coves looking for wildlife and late-spring wildflowers (and possibly a stray mountain biker). Depending on weather and the group’s preference, we may briefly cross the lake and examine the banks along TVA’s Bull Run Steam Plant, which has been much in the news lately. We can also get a better view of Haw Ridge from this perspective.
Farther around the Haw Ridge Bend, there are more nice coves, and one will make a perfect place to stop for lunch! We’ll then paddle on through the shallows and by the rocky point, then pick up the shuttle vehicles from Solway Park.
Participants can bring their own canoes or kayaks, or we will make arrangements to rent canoes from Blue Ridge Sports for $25 per person with life jackets and paddles provided. Those bringing their own boats are asked to wear life jackets at all times while in the water. Sunscreen, hats and arm and leg coverings are recommended, and water shoes are nice to have.
Pre-registration by Saturday, May 16, is requested. For more information or to pre-register, contact Sandra Goss at (865) 583-3967 or via email at Sanfirstname.lastname@example.org, or Tim Bigelow at (865) 607-6781 or via email at Bigelowt2@mindspring.com.
We are also tentatively planning an overnight canoe/kayak trip to explore most of the Three Bends area again in one trip, at different times of the day.