Nolichucky River Outing – Nolichucky Gorge Campground

Group Leaders / Additional Information:

River Information

From its origin in North Carolina at the confluence of the Toe and Cane Rivers, the “Chucky”, as the locals call it, comes out of the rugged mountains into the quiet town of Erwin, Tennessee.  From the town of Erwin, the river changes character significantly. The Chucky goes from being a fast flowing narrow gorge to wider softer flowing water and continues toward the French Broad River and eventually into Douglas Lake.

The Nolichucky offers anglers the ability to encounter smallmouth, trout and the occasional musky that make their home in the gin clear waters of this great river.  Seasons, weather and water levels dictate which section of the river your trip will be on.  The Nolichucky will contend with any smallmouth bass river for its wonderful mountainous views and variety of fish.

Wade and drift fishing the Nolichucky in March, like all freestone streams, is very dependent on rain fall and water flows.  Members are encouraged to “stay the course” and fall back to other local streams in the area as listed below if weather and water flow presents a problem.

  • Watauga      River
  • South Holston      River
  • North      Indian Creek
  • South      Indian Creek
  • Doe River

Fishing Species

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth and Muskie

Outings Information Packet – Nolichucky River – 2014

MTFF Outing Vehicle Sign

MTFF Outing Checklist


STATE: Tennessee

Weather Channel

Lodging Information:

Driving Directions:

    Directions & Map to the Campground

    • From I-26, take exit 40 (old exit 15) near Erwin.
    • Turn East (towards the Holiday Inn Express) onto Jackson Love Highway.
    • Turn on Temple Road, the first right, which runs in front of the Holiday Inn Express.
    • Go .5 mile, turn left onto River Road.
    • Go .5 mile to the STOP sign. Turn left across the Nolichucky River.
    • Turn right 50 feet past bridge onto Jones Branch Road. Go 1.2 miles to end of road.
    • Bear left into campground.

    There are signs for the campground on the interstate, at all turns, and at the campground, so you can’t miss us!