The Paddler Tattler – August 10, 2022

September 10th: TVCC Member Meeting

The member meeting includes the next year’s Board of Director election and the annual budget. Please attend!

Save the Dates!

August 27th
Boy Scout Raft Race

September 10th
Girl Scout Raft Race
Details Below

October 1st
South Chick Clean-Up
Free T-Shirts For Participating!

October 8th
Ocoee Race


Outdoor Chattanooga Paddlefest:

Outdoor Chattanooga is hosting a free, community paddling event on Chattanooga’s waterfront along the Tennessee River from TN Riverpark boat ramp to Ross’ Landing.
August 27
Shuttle: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Paddle: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Chattanooga Paddlefest is an organized, recreational people-powered paddle event to celebrate Chattanooga as a cohort river town of the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership. The Tennessee RiverLine, North America’s next great regional trail system, flows through Chattanooga’s vibrant downtown. The event welcomes kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards to paddle a 5.4 mile stretch of the Tennessee River, from TN Riverpark to Ross’ Landing. Coordination with local rental companies provides additional opportunity to participate or bring your own personal paddle craft. Shuttles are provided to assist with parking logistics prior to the event start. The event is supported by Outdoor Chattanooga, a division of the City of Chattanooga’s Parks and Outdoors Department.

Girl Scout Raft Race: Sept 10th

The Girl Scout Raft Race is Saturday Sept. 10th at noon at the Hiwassee take out. This is an event TVCC has sponsored for more than 30 years. The girls build their rafts of bamboo and tires, decorate them and are judged on quality of lashing, decorating and speed to 411 bridge. It is a fun relaxing afternoon on the lower H entertaining and being entertained by the girls on the rafts. We will meet at noon with your equipment, life jackets, throw ropes and water and food. We will run shuttle as quickly as we can so we can put each boater with a raft. I like to have 2 rescue boats per raft. I am hoping we will have a big turnout since last year it was cancelled and many were disappointed.
Please email me at and sign up for a fun lazy float. Look forward to seeing all my old buddies there. Long time no see!
Love, Momma T

Candies Creek
Trip Report

On July 23, the group enjoyed two distinct paddling experiences, both out and back. We started with an upstream paddle, though current when the water is high is almost imperceptible. We meandered through the Candies Creek Wildlife Management Area, listening to summer’s natural symphony of birds and bugs. This is a beautiful place to paddle, as the width of the creek and the density of the woods provides a route mostly protected from the sun. There’s nothing but trees and water. No buildings or any sounds of civilization, making it almost a wilderness experience. It mattered not whether one was in a long boat or a shorter one. Everyone had to maneuver around a few obstacles, including doing the limbo under one log. No worries, as no one was in a rush to leave the isolation of the WMA. Eventually the obstructions marked the turn-around point, so we returned to where we began.
This marked the beginning of the second paddling experience of the day. Candies Creek widens out before its confluence with the Hiwassee. We crossed a large, open-water area, and made a brief stop on the shore to refresh ourselves with a swim and some food. Then back out into the sun for a short distance to enter the cypress grove. Cypress are not native to this part of Tennessee, but are perfectly adapted to live a good portion of the year with their roots underwater. Tall and straight, we hung out under their protection, marveling at them, isolated from whatever might be happening outside these trees. They provided welcome shade, as well as a challenge to the longest boats as we maneuvered around and through the low branches.
Eventually we left their protection, and crossed the open water again, returning to our start. We did not encounter any power boats or jet skis, even at a distance. The open water area is mostly shallow, and as water levels get lower in the fall and winter, it becomes almost a mudflat, not suitable for boating. We did see a great blue heron, green heron, white egret and osprey, along with gar and a few turtles.
This was the first experience with a TVCC trip for some of the paddlers. It was also a first experience for almost all the group to explore the Candies Creek WMA. Two different paddling experiences and two firsts in one day. No regrets on this one.
Buck Meyer, Trip Leader
More Photos at

West Chick at the Mill
Paddle Report

In spite of a rainy morning, 5 paddlers met at the Old Mill Site on Saturday, 7/9, to paddle West Chickamauga Creek to the O’Charley’s take out ramp. There were still rain clouds as we shuttled, but by mid morning we had sun and blue skies. It’s a beautiful 10 mile stretch of creek, with a couple of rapids thrown in for fun. We had one inadvertent swim at a rapid, but this time of year the water can feel good. We saw a cow carcass hanging from a tree. We were guessing it was victim of strainers during flood water. All had a good day on the water, with a few of us rounding it out with a meal from O’Charleys.

Susan Carroll
August Flatwater Schedule:

8/20 Sequatchie River, Water Company to Frank Tate, Dunlap, TN. New Trip
This is another first time paddle for the club. It’s Class 1. We’ll meet at 10 am on Sat 8/20, run shuttle and put on. It’s a 9 mile, 3 hour trip counting a break.

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TVCC Board of Directors
President: Vacant
Vice President: Dian Lawhon
Assistant VP: Steve Lamb
Secretary: Kathy Cusick
Treasurer: Buck Meyer
Safety Chair: Carl Schoonover
Communications Chair: Graham Stein
Conservation Chair: Dixie Riall
Webmaster: David Riall
Training Chair: Carl Schoonover
Quartermaster: Scott Painter
Whitewater Il/IIl Cruisemaster: Greg Foster
(Board Cont)
Whitewater Cruisemaster III/IV+: Steven Courtney
Overnighter Cruisemaster: Ben Johnson/Dave Leigh
Paddleboard Cruisemaster: Liz Young
Flatwater Cruisemaster: Susan Carroll
Non-Paddling Events Cruisemaster: Beth Johnson
Competition Chair: Cat Vogel
Ocoee Race Director: Cat Vogel
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