February 16-18: Elk River Outing & Conservation Project – Tim’s Ford State Park

Group Leaders / Additional Information:

Mickey Holton is this event organizer and can be reached at 615.815.9203 or at mickeyholtonmtff@gmail.com.

Conservation Project

Elk River Clean Up – Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:30am

The club’s second scheduled outing this year is, as always, to the Elk River for February 16th, 17th and 18th. The  Elk River Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th. We will be meeting for breakfast prior to going to the dam at Woodard’s Market & Deli, 1415 Fayetteville Hwy, Lynchburg, TN, at 7:00 AM on Saturday morning.(Put that address into your GPS if you’re not sure about where it is). Woodard’s is a large grocery/deli/gas station (Shell) on the left as you are leaving Lynchburg at the junction of Highways 50 and 55. The telephone number there is 931-759-7227.
After breakfast, we will leave from there on the short drive to the dam to begin the cleanup. After the cleanup is completed, of course, we hope, and plan to get in some good fly fishing!
The club will provide all the “grabbers” to pick up the trash and the bags to hold it. If you have your own “grabber” and want to bring it, please do.
Also, that weekend, some club members may be camping at Tims Ford State Park starting on Wednesday at the campground.. If you are planning on camping there prior to the cleanup on Saturday, call Tim’s Ford State Park now to reserve a space. You can call them at 931-962-1183.

River Information

Tim’s FordState 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.


Fishing Species

Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout


The park has 20 beautiful cabins situated on the wooded slopes of Tim’s FordLake. The cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping; including appliances, cooking and serving utensils, and linens. Each cabin features a gas fireplace, outdoor balcony, color TV with dish network and charcoal grills. Cabins have two bedrooms with two double beds in each bedroom.  Reservation requirements are two night minimum stays and holidays are three night minimum stays. June and July are 6 nights extend stays beginning on Mondays.  For cabin reservations: 800-471-5295.


STATE: Tennessee

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Driving Directions:

    Driving Directions:

    To Tims Ford Dam from Nashville, TN

    109 mi – about 1 hour 45 mins (www.mapquest.com)

    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.