A paddle down Sale Creek to Grasshopper Creek is a great way to spend some relaxing hours on the water. You can park at the Sale Creek Campground to begin your journey. It's a safe, attended place to park if you're on the west side of the Tennessee River, and it's only $5 per vehicle.
What Makes It Great
The campground is on the shore of a beautiful, small lake that you can explore before heading through the channel to the river. Take it all in, but when you get to the river, be alert and watch out for motorized craft. The river is a half mile across here, so stay together to give yourselves more visibility. If you see a fast-mover but they don't see you, raise your paddle into the air and move it side to side until you're sure you've been sighted. Once across the river, continue to stay alert for boats entering and leaving Grasshopper Creek. You'll see the campground and boat ramp on your left. Of course, you could have begun your paddle from here, but unless you're camping at the campground, you'll have to pay a $5 fee per person per day to use the ramp.
Enjoy your paddle to Grasshopper Creek, then head back across the river to your put-in, or paddle along the shoreline of the river if you have time. The river is beautiful along there, with shallow places along the way to pull over for a break or to look for chert, a sedimentary rock Native Americans used to make tools.
Who is Going to Love It
Flatwater paddlers who aren't afraid of large, open water with the potential for boat traffic, waves, and wind.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Launching from the Sale Creek Campground ramp off May Road will cost $5/vehicle.
As an alternative, a free TVA ramp is located nearby on Lee Pike, across the water from Sale Creek Marina.
Be sure and take plenty of sunscreen, water and fortifying food.