River Information
Species:  Rainbow and Brown Trout
Angler Type:  Boat or Wade
Access Type:  Public and Private
General Flies:  Midges, Nymphs, Sulphurs and Streamers

Suggested Gear
8 ft  to 9 ft 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rods

Fishing and River Description
The Hiwassee is proably the most beautiful tailwater stream in
Tennessee.  When you float it you feel as if you in the middle of no
where.  There are no roads no houses, just you and the river.  The only
exception is if you go at the height of tuber season you may have a bit of

The Hiwassee is composed of a lot of bedrock that forms ledges and
drops.  It is very, very, very technical rowing and can do a number to a
boat if you are not competent at the oars.  It is recommended that you at
least float it once with a guide before attempting it on your own.

Please practice safe wading practices and be sure to check the
generation schedules before you go.
Click here for TVA Generation Schedule

Special Regulations as of 2009
Apalachia Powerhouse downstream to USFS Big Bend Parking Area
  • 14 inch minimum length limit on Brown Trout
  • Only two trout in creel limit may be Brown Trout
Quality Trout Fishing Area - USFS Big Bend Parking Area downstream to
L&N railroad bridge.
  • Daily creel limit and possession limit is 2 trout
  • 14 inch minimum length limit
  • Use or possession of any bait is prohibited
  • Trout less than 14 inches may not be in your possesion

Public River Access
Access 1:  Power House
Access 2:  Towee Creek
Access 3:  Big Bend Parking Area
Access 4:  Childers Creek Parking Area
Access 5:  Reliance Take out
Access 6:  Highway 30 Pull-offs
Access 7:  Gee Creek Campground
Access 8:  Highway 411 Boating Access

Click here for a detailed TWRA Map!

Click here for TVA Generation Schedule!

Getting There
From Insterstate 75 you need to cut over to Hwy 411 by either Hwy 60 in
Cleveland, TN or Hwy 30 via Athens to Etowah.  Once on Hwy 411 you
need to turn on to Kimsey Hwy towards Reliance, TN

Local Guides
Southeastern Anglers
Hiwassee Angler

Local Fly Shops
Hiwassee Angler

Places to Stay
Hiwassee Angler
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