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Old 01-29-2010, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me about the camping at Calderwood or Chilhowee ? I know where the campsites are at...just wondering about crime etc.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i would take something that goes bang just in case, for bears more than hoodlums. I used to hear tales of some pretty rough folks up that way growin up, but i aint heard nothing recently
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That I can do.....but I'm more concerned about my stuff still being in camp when I get back from fishing. Isn't it sad that we have to think like this ?
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indeed.....it's a bit more remote than an island on Dale Hollow, where at least the Army Corps run around on a regular basis. Most importantly, if you hears some banjos, be sure and paddle faster!!!!
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Galon......I'm usually suspicious that when I hear those banjos you're somewhere around. Anybody who has a band called "psycho hillbillies" is someone to be suspicious of as a camping companion.
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ha!
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Calderwood is on both the state and county border so not much in the way of official patrols. On the other hand the locals watch over it well and in my experience give respect when it's given to them. It's an amazing place and if you use good sense and are friendly and respectful I doubt you'll have any problems. I did see an ugly event there once when a drunk city-slicker kicked a guys bear dog and thought he could go on to abuse the owner too. He was taught a swift lesson about where he was and a minimum of blood was spilled. it's all the kayaker traffic that would concern me more than anything. I don't camp there when the kayakers are running.
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I know that this is an old thread but, I have been camping at Calderwood for many years. Either in Slickrock creek, down the lake at the other sites or at the ramp itself and have never (nock on wood) had any problems. I do know the Birchfields that live over there tho. This past year I took my kids camping there for 2 weeks and we had a blast. I saw several state troopers patroling through after they done the "dragon patrol". The only problem that I had was with the kayakers when they flooded the river for them. They came in and pretty much took over the camp ground and as a matter of fact 2 got drunk and crawled under my boat to sleep when it started to rain. I had to kick them to get them up the next morning before I could move my boat. Other than that I've never had a problem.



I could be considered "Chilhowee Lake trash" as I fish and camp there a lot and I've have saw my fair share of crazies there. They've never bothered me thou and I take my kids camping there as well. As for the bears, I've never had a problem with them. I guess they must remember me as the one chasing them in the fall and my dogs biteing at their butts. LOL!!!
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i camped up there last summer, 4th of july week. the locals were laid back, and if ya talk to them a bit may even help point you in the right direction. crime was a non issue, possibly because of my big red antisocial sheppard/chow mix hangin around camp. but we had no problems. we left on the 3rd as the campsites along the boat launch were starting to spill over
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