Group Leaders / Additional Information:
The Elk / Duck River Outing
The group will be camping at Tim’s Ford State Park, the outing leade is Randy Mckernon.
Tim’s Ford State Park, located on the Tim’s Ford Reservoir in the rolling hills of southern middle Tennessee, is an outstanding recreational area and fishing paradise. Long before the construction of Tim’s Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. Archaeological excavations uncovered numerous artifacts and occupational sites, indicating that man had occupied the area as much as 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.
The Duck is the longest river contained entirely in Tennessee, and it is surely one of the most crooked rivers anywhere. Nationally recognized as one the most bio-diverse rivers in the United States with over 150 species of fish.
In the month of August water levels will be lower than normal, allowing more opportunities for wading up and down river at Henry Horton State Park, also at Milltown Dam. Be aware of intermittent canoe traffic taking out at Henry Horton, especially during weekend. The best way to fish the duck is in a canoe or kayak. There is a 7-mile trip from Hopkins Bridge to the park (Duck River Canoe Rental) and a 5-mile trip from Milltown to River Rats Canoe rental.
Largemouth, Smallmouth and ‘Red Eye’ Bass, Crappie, Channel Catfish, and a large variety of Sunfish. Carp and long nose Gar can be a really fun catch on a fly rod, too.