March 10-12: Elk/Duck River – Tim’s Ford State Park

Group Leaders / Additional Information:

The Elk / Duck River Outing

The group will be camping at Tim’s Ford State Park.

The Elk

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

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.

Fishing Species

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.

STATE: Tennessee

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Lodging Information:

Driving Directions:

    Driving Directions: To Tims Ford Dam from Nashville, TN

    109 mi – about 1 hour 45 mins 

    Take      I-24 E toward CHATTANOOGA.                                           60.1 Miles

    Take      the TN-55 W exit, EXIT 111.                                                    0.2 Miles

    Turn      LEFT onto TN-55 W/MCMINNVILLE        HWY.

    Continue to follow TN-55 W.                                                            12.1 Miles

    Stay      STRAIGHT to go onto W CARROLL ST/TN-130.

    Continue to follow TN-130.                                                               0.8 Miles

    Turn      LEFT onto WESTSIDE DR/TN-130.

    Continue to follow TN-130.                                                               3.6 Miles

    Turn      SLIGHT RIGHT onto TN-476/AWALT        RD.                           5.5 Miles

    Turn      LEFT onto MANSFORD RD/TN-476.                                     1.6 Miles

    Turn      RIGHT onto TIMS FORD DR.                                                 0.6 Miles

    End at      570 Tims Ford Dr       Winchester, TN       37398-4136

    Directions to the TWRA access point at the Hwy-50 Bridge at the Elk River:
    From Shelbyville, TN take TN-82 south to Lynchburg, TN. Continue 10 miles on TN-82 south until it dead-ends at TN-55. Make a right hand turn onto TN-55 (towards Lynchburg). Continue 2.5 miles on TN-55 until it gets into Lynchburg. In Lynchburg make a left hand turn onto TN-50. Continue 10 miles on TN-50 until the road crosses over the Elk River. You will see the Tim’s Ford Dam on your left. The road for the TWRA access area will be on your left after crossing the Elk River.