The Pebble Isle Marina offered the use of a courtesy car; so off to Walmart for some provisions. Once the errands were done and all packed away, it was time to move on. The next anchorage is only 33 miles away, so leaving at noon was no problem. Sunny Clear Day with light Southwest winds. We motor along at 8 mph, so will be anchored safely up Lick Creek in about 4 hours.
LICK CREEK ANCHORAGE
The online Active Captain app showed a potential anchorage about 1000 feet up a narrow creek called Lick Creek. It warned about shallow waters when the water levels are low, and to proceed with caution. The creek entrance was narrow, so we slowly nosed in and kept an eye on the depth. We draw about 3.8 inches, and the entrance seemed to have a sand bar silting in. Crept in a little further and looked ahead with the binoculars to see if it looked clear. Creft a bit further and around a marker- and big sigh of relief as the creek widened, and was well marked with channel buoys.
In addition to the buoys there were many wooden stakes planted every where- possibly marking low water, fish traps or who knows what. We also saw two other looper boats were anchored near the entrance and we decided to drop anchor as well.
It didn’t help that carp were jumping out of the water when Colleen dropped the anchor! Very secluded, lots of jumping fish and dark early. we didn’t even drop the dingy this evening; and planned to move on at first light- assuming the fog did not roll in too heavy.
We followed our trail out into the main channel. This time noticed the low water levels effect on the exposed tree roots and old brick boat landing. Also the odd wooden boxes along the shore- possible crab traps??
Once we left the confines of the Kentucky Lake Wildlife preserve, the scenery changed once again. More gravel loading and barges along the water front. Look for the workers in the photos to get sense of the size of the equipment!
LOW CLEARANCE RAILROAD LIFT BRIDGE
Soon we approached a railroad bridge, and noticed the air clearance was listed as 24 feet. Colleen called the bridge tender to confirm the clearance; and the tender said he wasn’t sure what the clearance was.
Hmmmmm… we are about 22 feet with our antennas up; and requested that he raise the bridge for us just to be sure we cleared. A train had just passed over the bridge, and he began raising it up. Only after we had passed under, and noticed that he didn’t drop it again, did we recall that train lift bridges are usually kept in the open position unless a train is coming. so our carefully worded request for a raise was not needed- he would have been raising it anyway! It was fun to see him walking along the very top level of the lift bridge- maybe pulling a lever or checking on something?
DICKY TOWHEAD ANCHORAGE AT SWALLOW ISLAND IN TENNESSEE RIVER
We were on a roll finding great anchorages, so decided to try another night at anchor and chose Mile 169 in our trusty Skipper Bob book. This one was described as tucked behind Swallow Island on the backside of Dicky towhead. Instructions were to enter and exit from the north . (due to the bending river we were technically heading west) It also warned to beware of goats on the island , and anchor below Dicky towhead? Kurt’s voice came over the radio ” what’s a towhead, and why worry about goats?”.
We worked through the instructions and anchored in 12 feet of water . The current was so light, that the wind actually turned us upstream. We were well protected from passing barge traffic. This was a good spot to explore with the dingy. We did not see any goats.
We did see signs of fall.