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Hiwassee River

  • Trout Species: Rainbow and Brown Trout
  • Angler Type: Wade or Boat
  • Access Type: Public or Private


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The Hiwassee is probably the most beautiful tailwater stream in Tennessee. When you float it you feel as if you in the middle of no where.  There are no roads no houses, just you and the river.  The only exception is if you go at the height of tuber season you may have a bit of company.The Hiwassee is composed of a lot of bedrock that forms ledges and drops.  It is very, very, very technical rowing and can do a number to a boat if you are not competent at the oars.  It is recommended that you at least float it once with a guide before attempting it on your own.

Please practice safe wading practices and be sure to check the generation schedules before you go.

Click Here for TVA Generation Schedule and select Appalachain Dam from Lakes and Recreation on the right.

Suggested Flies

  • Zebra Midges
  • Tungsten Bead Head Pheasant Tails
  • Iysonichia Nymphs
  • Prince Nymphs
  • Zug Bugs
  • Iysonichia Dries
  • Gray Caddis
  • Streamers

Suggested Rods/Reels/Lines

9 foot 4,5,6 or 7 weight rods with matching reels and floating fly lines, unless throwing streamers, then use sinking fly lines

Fishing Regulations:
Please be sure to check current regulations if you are unfamiliar, many of our tailwaters have unique regulations.

Tennessee Fishing Regulations

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Public Access Points

  1. Power House
  2. Towee Creek
  3. Big Bend Parking Area
  4. Childers Creek Parking Area
  5. Reliance Take out
  6. Highway 30 Pull-offs
  7. Gee Creek Campground
  8. Highway 411 Boating Access

Click here for a TWRA map of Stocked Trout Waters

Click here for TWRA Boating and Fishing Access Sites

Getting There

From Insterstate 75 you need to cut over to Hwy 411 by either Hwy 60 in Cleveland, TN or Hwy 30 via Athens to Etowah.  Once on Hwy 411 you need to turn on to Kimsey Hwy towards Reliance, TN

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