Spring of 2020 has led to many sudden and dramatic changes. One of them is social distancing. In order to continue kayaking safely, we have all had to make some changes.


Our closest and most familiar kayaking runs are in the Smoky Mountains National Park. This was originally a problem, as access to national parks closed. However, the parks recently reopened and we had another rain storm. This led to my husband Daniel and I heading out to the Little River.

Whitewater Social Distancing Little River
The Little River is a fun class 3-4 run that is only 45 minutes from our home. It is roadside and we both know this run very well. We ran each other’s shuttles while providing roadside safety and hanging out with our almost 1 year old daughter. The water level was low, but it was still fun to get out on the water again. Plus, despite low water there are still plenty of eddy lines to work on stern squirts in the Antix! We then took the baby for her first flat water canoe trip! It was also on the Little River, though a different section. Hope everyone is finding ways to stay sane while staying safe! ~Diane Brasuell (Gaydos)

Whitewater Social Distancing Little River