Past Events

Aug 11 2022 thru Aug 14 2022
NC 3 rivers and 3 lakes weekend overnighter
NC Rivers and Lakes Weekend August 11-14


We will be car camping at Turkey Creek Campground. 135 Turkey Creek Rd, Almond, NC 28702. Call 828 488-8966 and talk to Rick, the owner. He will be glad to make a reservation for you. The campground has been sold to Rick, so if you made reservations previously you should probably call him and make them again since I don't think they were transferred over to this new owner. If this campground fills up, there's another just down the road near the put-in for the Hazel Creek paddle.


Day 1 (Thursday) (Optional). We will meet Thursday night around 7 PM and see how many people are paddling what type of water. We can set up our campsites, and relax around a campfire. If everyone could bring a couple of compressed wood logs from the grocery store, we would have plenty of firewood that can be transported legally.

Day 2 (Friday)

We will all paddle across Fontana Lake and hike up to the town ruins of Hazel Creek. Ben and Eric will lead this.


Day 3 (Saturday)

*WW paddling on Tuckaseegee River Class II, led by Ben Johnson.

*Eric Burnett will lead a flatwater trip to Lake Santeetlah, NC. Insider Magzaine listed Santeetlah Lake as #1. It has this to say about Lake Santeetlah. "One TripAdvisor user proclaims that Santeetlah Lake is "possibly the most beautiful lake in North America." Given that this manmade lake features 76 miles of shoreline and 200 miles of hiking trails, the review is far from unfounded." This lake is about a 40 minute drive from Turkey Creek Campground.

Day 4 Sunday

*Ben will lead the trip on the Little TN River WW Class II but technical. You will get a work out.

*Eric Burnett will lead a trip to Caulderwood Lake, NC, one of the "Fingerlakes of the South" and close to the "Dragons Tail". This lake has no development along its shores. Joyce Kilmer Forest is adjacent to this lake.. This lake put-in is about 45 minutes from Turkey Creek Campground. If you have any questions about the flatwater group for this trip, please contact Eric

Eric Burnett, flatwater leader
For questions about the WW trips, contact Ben at 423 241-3483
We have put a limit of 30 people for this trip due to logistics. Once you sign up on the TVCC website for this trip, please call Ben, and/or Eric, and let them know which rivers or lakes you plan to paddle with them.
Carolyn Rand
423 400-2590
Sep 24 2022 thru Sep 25 2022
Elk River overnighter class I

Clear, cold dam fed river, stocked with fish. Class slow moving flatwater river with a beautiful secluded primitive campsite. Meet at Ferris Bridge put-in in Belvidere,  TN at 10:00 am

Leader UweZitzow@comcast.net

Oct 15 2022 thru Oct 16 2022
Toccoa River overnighter CANCELED - low water

 Trip canceled due to low water. 

Nov 05 2022 thru Nov 06 2022
CANCELED TN River Blueway

Put on at Suck Creek ramp, and camp at the beautiful secluded primative Pot Point. Taking off the next day at Racoon Mountain.

This is a flat water trip on the TN River.  All boats welcome 

Leader CarolynMRand@gmail.com

Dec 27 2022 thru Jan 02 2023
FL Blue Holes week

Just a quick review of the paddle destinations if you like do some research and ask some questions ahead of time. 

Holmes Creek, Econfina Creek, Chipola River, Merritt Mill pond, Ocheesee pond. All of the paddle destinations are the north west Florida panhandle.


Florida Caverns State park located in Marianna, Florida

Reservations can be made at Florida Caverns State Park for RV and use of electric.

Group primitive camp site has been reserved at Florida Caverns State Park. Camping at this site are for tents and possibly a pop-up. The group campsite has toilets running water and cold showers and no electric. The group campsite is free to TVCC. Please contact Pat Carver to save your space in the group camping.
Pat Carver 423-304-6519
Or email PatCarver1055@yahoo.com





Apr 30 2023 thru May 06 2023
Buffalo River Week Trip

2023 Buffalo River Week Trip
April 30th to May 6th 2023 (These dates are NOT inclusive of travel time)

This trip is a white water class II - III canoe paddling trip and in the interest of safety, all who register for the trip will be vetted for their canoeing skill and experience level.

This trip will be limited to 10 experienced canoe paddlers.  ( Contact Buddy Wise at 205-672–9025)
Beginning Roster:
1. Buddy Wise,Trip Leader
2. Ben Johnson, Co-Trip Leader
3. David Leigh, Co-Trip Leader

4. Judy Norton

5. Carolyn Rand

6. Seth Rogers

7.  Uwe Zitzow

8.  David Robinson

No pets allowed on this trip.

The deadline for registering for this trip will be April 1, 2023.

Anyone interested or have questions about this trip can contact Buddy Wise, Trip Leader @ 205-672–9025.

Link to National Park Service River Info: Buffalo National River (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)



Jul 21 2023 thru Jul 24 2023
Reelfoot Lake Overnight Paddling Trip
Location-Reelfoot Lake State Park, West Tennessee , north of Memphis Tennessee, Tiptonville Tennessee, about a 5 hour drive from Chattanooga
Summary:  The lake is 20 miles long and 7 miles wide. Average depth is 5.5 feet and maximum depth is 18 feet. It's the only large natural lake in the state of Tennessee. Camping reservations can be made at 2 state park campgrounds, Air Park and the South Campground. Group camping is best arranged at the Air Park campground.

Reelfoot Lake State Park is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee and is noted for its fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. The 15,000 acre lake was created by a series of violent earthquakes in 1811-1812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a short period of time, creating Reelfoot Lake.

The park’s ecosystem is unlike any other place in Tennessee. Reelfoot lake is a flooded forest. While majestic Cypress trees rise above the water, below the surface are many submerged Cypress stumps. A variety of aquatic plants and flowers occupy the shoreline and saturate the shallow water. The lake harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird as well as golden and American bald eagles.

Camping-There are 14 RV campsites (up to 35 feet) and 9 primitive campsites counting mine that will accommodate 2 tents to a campsite at the Air Park campsite. All RV campsites are available at this time (November 2022) There is a bathhouse with heated water at the site and a dump station for RV campers. 
Hotel/Cabin Reservations- There are hotels and state park cabins in the area.
Misc info-There can be a lot of mosquitoes but when I was there it wasn't that bad. Go prepared though. A bug hat, repellant, and/or long sleeve shirts suggested as possible equipment. Cell phone service can be tricky, check your local carrier for coverage in the area if this is a concern. This is a great place for all types of craft in my opinion, SUP, canoes, and kayaks of all designs. In 2020 a tornado destroyed some structures in the area but a recent phone call to the park headquarters assured me that things are back to normal. Fishing will be popular during this time but no hunting during July.
Dates- 7/21-24/22
Eric Burnett
Aug 12 2023 thru Aug 13 2023
TN River Blueway overnighter

Call Carolyn Rand 423 400-2590 for information. 

Sep 16 2023 thru Sep 17 2023
Elk River Overnighter

Our annual Elk River overnighter will take place this year on September 16-17 (Saturday-Sunday). It will follow the same route as in previous years: On Saturday morning (ca. 11 am Central Time) we will meet and put on the river by the Farris Creek Bridge. We will camp that evening at the same beautiful spot as before and take out around 3 pm the next morning at Shiloh Bridge. Shuttle arrangements will explained later. Our journey is about a 12-mile trip through beautiful country side on relatively flat and clear water.  Uwe Zitzow will coordinate this trip and can be reached at uwezitzow@comcast.net or by cell # (423)322-9611. 

Current & Upcoming Events

Oct 13 2023 thru Oct 15 2023
South Georgia Coastal/River/Swamp Overnight Trip

Coastal Georgia Paddling

Join us the weekend of October 13-15 for three days of paddling in coastal Georgia. We'll explore a scenic tidal creek on St. Simons Island, then spend two days paddling and camping in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The group will camp Thursday - Sunday nights at Blythe Island Regional Park near Brunswick. Camping fees are the park are $47 / night for campers with hookups and $21 / night for tent camping (call the park at 912-279-2812 to make reservations.) Fees for the Okefenokee NWR include a $5 entry fee and $12 permit fee for the overnight campsite. at Floyds Island. There is a limit of 12 paddlers for this trip but we'll keep a waiting list if it fills up. For anyone not paddling, ferry rides are available for trips to Cumberland and Sapelo islands, and Jekyll Island State Park is nearby also. For details, contact Jamie Wendt at (912) 270-2842 or email jmwendt@bellsouth.net. Dates are not inclusive of travel time to and from the event. [Note - the pending shutdown of the federal government may or may not affect our Okefenokee trip, but we'll have backups planned on the nearby Satilla and St. Marys rivers.]


Thanks - Jamie

Dec 27 2023 thru Jan 02 2024
Florida 2023 - Blueholes Adventure

2023 Florida Blueholes Adventure

Trip will be in Chassahowitzka, FL area. 

The "Chaz" is just south of Crystal River & Homosassa off  US Hwy 19. 


Rivers to be paddled are:

     The Chaz, Rainbow, Weekie Wachee and out toward the gulf. 


Camping & Lodging

    3 places to stay in  Chassahowitzka:


1. Chassahowitzka Hotel :  877.807.7783   Address: 8551 W Miss Maggie DR, Homosassa, FL 34448   Reservations open on June 27, 2023 so mark your calendar


2. The Chaz River Campground (CRCG):   Reservations are open now.  352.382.2200  Address: 8600 W Miss Maggie Dr, Homosassa, FL  34448     Website: campnpaddle.com  RV sites & tent camping


3. Seven Sisters Campground (SSCG):  352.422.4078   Address: 8544 W Miss Maggie Dr, Homosassa, FL 34448   Website: sevensisterscampground.com  RV sites & cabins- NO TENT CAMPING.  Reservations open on June 27, 2023 so mark your calendar  


These locations fill up fast.  They fill up very fast during December

If you have any plan to go & stay at these places, you need to make your reservations NOW or mark your calendar for June 27.


Any questions give us a call.   

Beth  & Ben Johnson