Coast Guard closes 200 miles of Tennessee River to recreational boating traffic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday closed more than 200 miles of the Tennessee River to recreational boating traffic because of record high water levels and excessive river drift.

The Captain of the Port for Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley has declared that no recreational vessels may operate in the established safety zone from mile marker 206 (Pickwick Landing) to mile marker 0 (Knoxville, Tenn.).

Commercial vessels are still allowed to transit the river and are reminded to exercise caution when operating within the safety zone and must maintain minimum safe speed to minimize wake effect to moored vessels and other at-risk infrastructure.

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  1. Kelie says:

    Mile marker 0 on the Tennessee River is not in Knoxville, TN.

  2. Ben says:

    I was wondering if this extends to watts bar dam
    and if so is this in effect for the connecting lakes

  3. Christy Martin says:

    Mile Marker 0 for the Tennessee River would be at the Ohio River…the beginning milemarker near Knoxville is 652.1 where the Holston and French Broad Rivers meet.

    Our phone and e-mail has been ringing off the hook at our magazine…hope you can run a retraction.