Clinch River | Tennessee Vacation

Clinch River

Freeway 441
Norris, TN 37828
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A wonderful river to fly fish, bring a stealthy approach, delicate presentation and small flies to the Clinch River, one of America’s premier trout streams. The Clinch tailwaters flow 13 miles from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80, to Highway 61 Bridge in Clinton, Tennessee, at River Mile 67 and can be accessed at several locations. The setting of wooded ridges and pastures is beautifully pastoral. Fishing on the Clinch is good year-round but it is great in late winter, early spring and late fall, early winter. If you plan on wading, be sure to check the water release schedule at Not only is this river biologically diverse, toward Norris Dam it offers 50 miles of smooth, slow-moving Class I water (with occasional spots of Class II), great for families and those seeking a leisurely drift through Southern Appalachia. The Clinch River is dammed twice: by Norris Dam, the first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); and by the Melton Hill Dam, the only TVA dam with a navigation lock that is not located on the main channel of the Tennessee River. The Clinch River empties into the Tennessee River at Kingston, Tennessee. Tributaries entering the Clinch River below Norris Dam but above Melton Hill Dam include Coal Creek, Bull Run Creek, and Beaver Creek. Poplar Creek enters the river below the Melton Hill Dam.

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