Sept. 22 – Paddling Citico Creek

Citico Creek – Sept. 5, 2016


Elizabeth and I finally got the chance to take out our kayaks for the first time earlier this month. Below is some pictures and a trip report from our first of hopefully many outings to the Citico Creek area on the Little Tennessee River. This area is a gem for paddlers and it’s about 5 minutes from where we live… Did I mention that I love living in East Tennessee?



Elizabeth and I launching from the 129 side of upper Tellico lake. We will be paddling directly across the river (lake) to the mouth of Citico Creek.

It’s a short paddle across the river to Citico Creek. You’ll pass several islands that were used for Indian burial mounds, these are protected and are to be not disturbed. Crossing this portion of the river you’ll notice the water is very shallow in areas with a depth of only a few feet. Be mindful of submerged trees and stumps are scattered throughout this area.


Once you reach the other side you’ll notice the mouth of Citico Creek and the immediate calmness of the water. From this point you can begin the relaxing paddle as you explore the creek. On this particular Saturday morning we were the first ones there but as we left on out way back to the ramp we passed 10-12 fellow paddlers out kayaking this great area.

As you paddle up the Citico you’ll notice several camping spots along the creek. I hope to try out these spots very soon (and post about my adventure). We only had a few hours on this day to explorer but we hope to return and continue our kayaking journey. I could not be more blown away by the sheer beauty of this natural area that’s literally in out backyard! Did I say that I love EAST TENNESSEE?!?!?





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