A wonderful weekend getaway, just a stone’s throw from home, is the Clinch River. The cool, clear waters offer some exciting options for the sportsperson: kayaking, canoeing, trout fishing, striper fishing, and some of the most breathtaking scenic views you will ever experience. This is a chance to view nature at its best. There is a little something for everyone, from the water-lover to the hiker.

The Clinch River at sunset at Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park offers rustic cabins for those desiring overnight stays. There is camping available for RV camping, trailers, and traditional primitive camping is available to scouts and youth groups – by reservations only. There are trails available for hikers, bikers, and horses. Winding trails along the Clinch River offer scenic and peaceful nature experiences, and boast many species of wildlife and plant life in our area. The Norris Dam Marina provides lake access, and offers boat rentals, where fishers may explore Norris Lake to pursue largemouth and smallmouth bass, striper, walleye, and crappie in abundance. The Clinch River itself boasts some of the most impressive brown, brook, and rainbow trout fishing in East Tennessee. The state record brown trout was harvested in the waters of the Clinch River

There are several guide services available, such as CR Outfitters, Ian Rutter, and Mike Bone. These guide services offer both wading and boat trips along the Clinch River. CR Outfitters also offers a wide range of fly-fishing needs at the Fly Shop, located on the Norris Freeway, directly across from the Museum of Appalachia.

Of course, if it is fishing that interests you most, you will need to secure a current TWRA fishing license. Trout fishing requires an additional stamp. Also, when trout fishing on the Clinch, you must observe the slot limits and other regulations as outlined on the TWRA website: http://www.state.tn.us/twra.

There are also private cabins located along the Clinch River, offering overnight and weekend rentals. The Clinch River area offers a unique geographical experience, rich in diversity and sporting challenges. The next time you find yourself needing a little getaway, pack a picnic and take the family just down the road, or even rent a cabin or go camping. Try out life on the Clinch River, and you will definitely be rewarded.