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dogfish
01-19-2009, 07:02 PM
Starting to plan a two night stay in the smokies for february 13 and 14 and was wondering if anyone might know what campsites/streams might be worth lookin into. I bet that water temps will still be rather brisk at this time and would assume that the lower elevation water would be more productive at this early time. i took a two day trip up deep creek this fall and had a great time but would like to check out another part of the forest. if anyone has any thoughts on a good destination for this weekend the input would be greatly appreciated. thanks much, dave.

Rog 1
01-19-2009, 08:43 PM
If you are thinking of camping in the park you will need to check their website to see what campgrounds are open at that time of year....I do know that for those that are open there is no reservation system at that time....first come, first served....good luck and pack your long johns.

Tarheelflyfishing
01-19-2009, 10:38 PM
Starting to plan a two night stay in the smokies for february 13 and 14 and was wondering if anyone might know what campsites/streams might be worth lookin into. I bet that water temps will still be rather brisk at this time and would assume that the lower elevation water would be more productive at this early time. i took a two day trip up deep creek this fall and had a great time but would like to check out another part of the forest. if anyone has any thoughts on a good destination for this weekend the input would be greatly appreciated. thanks much, dave.

Elkmont is my favorite in the park...right on the Little River. With it being cold and in the middle of Winter, you'll be able to chose virtually any campsite you want...try the sites on the river.

Vern
01-20-2009, 12:09 AM
I believe the only campgrounds in the front country open now are Cades Cove and Smokemont. Back country sites are usually open year around, but check the web site for closed sites. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/frontcountry-camping.htm. I have been thinking about site 18 on the west prong for a winter site. Would the water be too cold this time of year? You could always hike out and be on the Abrams in a couple of hours then camp at Cades cove.

cubefisher
01-20-2009, 12:12 AM
Elkmont appears to be closed 'til 3/13. Here's the schedule...
http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/frontcountry-camping.htm

You might consider Smokemont. Plenty of good fishing over there, and it's open year 'round.

Anywhere's likely going to be cold, and fishing may be slow, but I love the park at that time of year. It's quiet and beautiful. Also, the new trophy section in Cherokee's within striking distance (pardon the pun), assuming it's open to fishing at that time of year.

Speckleman5
01-20-2009, 08:39 AM
Since you started this thread in the backcountry forum I am assuming you are looking for a backcountry site. Get a map and choose anywhere you want in the park, at that time the traffic away from the main trailheads is very scarce and you proabably will not see anyone else while you are here. Just pick a spot out and take off, just be VERY mindful of the weather.

PeteCz
01-20-2009, 11:37 AM
Unless we have some warm weather between now and then, I second Vern's comments. Due to its nature Abrams will be a few degrees warmer than the other streams. The best area will be as it exits Cades Cove. That being the case, your best bet will be the Cades Cove Frontcountry Campground.

If you would prefer to stay at a backcountry site, you will want to hike into #17 - Little Bottoms, but the water down there may be a bit cold in Feb. You'll probably need to hike above the falls to fish. That being said, there are some fish that run up to Little Bottoms from the lake. I've never seen it and only a few folks have ever had any success at it, but supposedly they are there...

Your best bet is to monitor the fishing report and keep an eye on the water temps. If they creep up to 50, you could go just about anywhere (with some limited success), but if they stay low, Abrams may be your best (only?) bet to catch a few fish...

BlueRaiderFan
01-20-2009, 07:48 PM
If you go back country, take an extra four days worth of food above and beyond what you think you will need. I've heard of people being snowed in for a week or so.

sammcdonald
01-20-2009, 07:59 PM
if you go back country, please get your permits so we know where you are....it helps when the weather closes down like it has the past two days...permits are free, being stranded in it when noone knows where ya are...not nice