The Paddler Tattler – November 2022

The Paddler Tattler
November 2, 2022

Web address: Facebook Page: Tennessee Valley Canoe Club
Winter Roll Practice Starts

by Carl Schoonover, TVCC Training Officer
TVCC will be conducting roll practice on a weekly basis on Tuesdays. Roll practice will be at the Ooltewah Swim Center from 8:00pm-9:30pm. This event is for everyone. So if you don’t know how to roll your boat, need help perfecting your roll, or want to practice flat water drills, come on down! Cost is $5/person, attendance is limited to 30 boaters, and you must register online. You can register on our events page at Please look at the event page for more details.

November Calendar of Events
(and Early December)

Nantahala River, Class II/III, Nov 5
Winter Roll Practice #2 , Nov 8
Williams Island, Chattanooga Flatwater , Nov 5
Cartecay River, Class II/II+, Nov 12
Winter Roll Practice #3 , Nov 15
Additional roll practices on Nov 22, 29, and Dec 6, 13 will open up to register by one week before each.
Additional events may be added after this newsletter publishes.
Go here to register for all TVCC events

Annual Christmas Party is

Saturday December 3
From 6p to 9p at Reflection Riding, 400 Garden Rd, Chattanooga.
by Beth Johnson, TVCC Social and Non-paddling Cruisemaster

Please come and enjoy food and fun at our annual Christmas Party. It is a pot luck so bring a side dish to share. Don’t forget the serving utensils for your dish. The club will provide the main dish, drinks & paper goods. There will be a gift exchange for those who wish to play. Cost should be no more than $15. We will also have some door prize to give away. For those who wish, camping is available for $10 per person. You can make reservations thru Reflection Riding. Make sure to mention you are part of TVCC’s event for that night. Sign up for this event will close on Sat 11/26 Any questions contact Beth Johnson, Non Paddling Cruise Master. Registration required.

Sam Needs Your Help. Do You Recognize Either Location?

This Is Your Newsletter

Hi Everyone. The newsletter publishes on the last Wednesday before the first weekend day of the next month. I want to give you a newsletter you want to open and take a look at. So tell me what you want to see in the newsletter. More or less pictures. Longer or shorter articles. What kind of articles. Do you like the Table of Contents to help you know if you should scroll down the newsletter? Send your comments and suggestions to me at this email — Put ‘TVCC’ in the title line so I don’t miss it.

Thanks. John Hubbard, editor

Newsletter Table of Contents (for articles below)

  1. Two November Class 2 paddling trips in November coming up
  2. A short list of area paddling Facebook pages
  3. Boo Run, showing off their costumes — a picture collage
  4. We cleaned up the West Chick Creek — a picture collage
  5. The Founding of TVCC Story – continued, featuring articles 2 and 3
  6. An oldie but goodie, the June 1984 club newsletter with cool cartoons
  7. One More Thing Says John — 4 nuggets to check out, especially winter paddling and
    what to wear.
  8. Our 2022 TVCC Sponsors — they help enable all our programs
  9. The TVCC Board of Directors with email addresses — talk to them

Two Whitewater Trips Planned For November

November 5, Saturday, on the Nantahala, Class 2/3. Please register for the trip at the club website events page. All information at the registration page. Trip leader is Stacy Stone.

November 12, Saturday, on the Cartecay River, Class 2/ 2+. Also please register for this trip. Pat Carver is the trip leader.

The events page to register for either trip is at this link.

Dress for winter paddling. Don’t know what to wear. See the link at the last article ‘One More Thing John Says.’

Facebook pages for rivers and paddling
in the area

by John Hubbard, editor
This is a short list . There are plenty more. Just search FB with key words like paddling, kayaking, canoeing, whitewater, flat water, Chattanooga, target river name, etc. Then select the group results. This is one way to find jump trips for rivers you already know and are comfortable on. Some are open and some are closed. Just ask to be invited.

TVCC kayaking — started by a TVCC member and now operated by TVCC, open

Paddle the Plateau

Paddle the Plateau
East Tennessee Whitewater Club
Whitewater Kayaking the South
Nantahala River meet up
Ocoee River meet up
Tellico Beaters Association
Ashville WNC area whitewater
WNC whitewater paddlers
Chatooga River meet up
Tellico River meet up group

Chattanooga Area Boating Info — closed, ask, my go to Facebook page
Chattanooga Area Gear Swap
Chattanooga Area Paddlers
North Alabama Paddle Sports
Kayaking Near Chattanooga
Cautious Ocoee Newbies
Ocoee Riverboarders
Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts

To learn about a specific river, go to American Whitewater’s website ( ) and search the menu item ‘river info.’

Boo Runners Kick It Up

Costume winners are Jim Ledbetter, Katie LaRue, and Paul Shoun. Her highness Cleopatra Stacy made the presentation. Jim is a devil. Katie is a nun. Paul is a zombie. So are they the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Hmmmm!!!

TVCC Members Rescue the West Chick Creek

Fourteen members met on Tennessee River Recue Day, October 1, to cleanup a section of the West Chickamauga Creek at Camp Jordan. Ben Johnson received an award for snagging the biggest piece of trash out of the river. Team leader David Riall gave a big shout out to all the volunteers.
The Founding Of TVCC In 1967 Story

by John Hubbard, editor
Jack Wright wrote a series of articles in the club 2000 newsletters on the founding of TVCC and stories of that era by club members. How did Jack get interested in paddling? Read articles 2 and 3 about a monumental trip of 133 miles down the Hiwassee River all the way to Chattanooga, in 1930, led by his uncle. Did they survive? Read it at this link, pages 3 to 7. Not how we would do the trip today!

An Oldie But Goodie TVCC Newsletter From The Way Back Past
by John Hubbard
See this and two more cartoons in this issue. Read ‘A Personal Diary’ by Pete Smith about the Spring Paddling School. Read some wedding etiquette in ‘For Richer, For Poorer, in Class I or Class VI.’ You’ll find this newsletter in the folder for all the newsletters from June 1980 to September 1985. Browse if you like. They can be found at this link. This one is file ‘8406 TVCC nl.pdf’.
One More Thing Says John

By John Hubbard, newsletter editor
These are a couple of interesting things I collected over the month from emails I get or I find on the internet.

  1. What to wear on the river, especially for winter paddling. This really good and informative video is from a Jackson Kayak email I get. Good stuff for even you seasoned paddlers.
    Scroll down a little to the video.
  2. Trimming the bulkhead for a Jackson Kayak — from the same email. Bet you might not have thought of these considerations in getting the best fit. Good to know for all bulkheads.
  3. Here is an interesting article on paddling helmet safety ratings by Virginia Tech. Is your helmet in the list.?
  4. In West Virginia, 67 water systems depend on source water contaminated by PFAS says West Virginia Rivers. I received this email from them on October 12. There is still time to tell the EPA that PFAS’s should be classified as toxic. See this link provided by WVa Rivers. Deadline is November 7.
    Thanks To All Our 2022 TVCC Sponsors
    They Help Make Our Programs Possible!

Ocoee Level

Adventures Unlimited

Outdoor Chattanooga

Apex Kayaks

Dagger Kayaks

Liquid Logic Kayaks

Kayak Outfitting Erik Zitzow

Rock Creek Outfitters

Ironman Triathlon

Scenic City Law

Performance Designs

L2 Outside

St Francis B&B

Ottawa Kayak School

Focus 4 Massage

John Wright Family – John’s father Jack is a TVCC founding member

Tellico Level

Team Popp


Jackson Kayak (Orien)

Lookout Mtn Flight Park

Immersion Research

Gordon’s Cleaners

Chilhowee Gliderport

Chattanooga Bakery

Mike Alan Paddles TVCC member

Mike Shillinger’s Fine Libations TVCC member

Hiwassee Level

ACE Kayaking School

Tennessee Aquarium

Werner Paddles

American Portables

Truist Park

Samantha Brunner

Gwen English



High Point

Woody’s River Art

Owens Cycles

Hidden Rivers – Casper Cox

Elder Ace Hardware

The Cat And The Crow

Ocoee Threads

Tennessee Level

Audubon Acres

Quest Expeditions Rafting

ACE Rafting

NOC Rafting

4 Bridges Outdoor Store

Ocoee Gondolier Restaurant

Cajun Lady

Naked Mountain Winery

OAR Rafting

H2O Rescue

2022-2023 TVCC Board of Directors

President: Dian Lawhon
Vice President: Steve Lamb
Secretary: Anthony Crutcher
Treasurer: BG Smith
Safety: Rob Theurer
Communications: John Hubbard
Conservation: David Riall
Webmaster: Open
Training: Carl Schoonover
Flatwater Cruisemaster: Eric Burnett
Cruisemaster 2/3: Stacy Stone
Cruisemaster 3/4: Steve Courtney
Paddleboard/ SUP Cruisemaster: Liz Young
Overnight Cruisemaster: Ben Johnson/ David Leigh
Non-Paddling/ Social Cruisemaster: Beth Johnson
Competition Chair: Cat Vogel
Quartermaster Chair: Scott Painter

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