Each year, our season opens at the beginning of May and ends at the end of October. During our season, regular office hours Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.
During our off-season, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 865-982-0793 and leave a message. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Accessing the Island
Access to the Island is by permission and reservation only. No trespassing. To use the Island for kayaking or canoeing, stop by the house to ask for permission and to pay the parking fee for self-shuttling.
No Shuttle Services - Parking for Self-Shuttling
River Johns does not rent canoes or kayaks and does not provide any shuttle services between the 2 locations where you start and end your float.
If you have your own canoe or kayak, we offer parking for a fee so that you and another driver can shuttle between the Island and the location where you start or end your float.
Getting on the water takes planning – play it safe and check the water levels on the USGS | National Water Dashboard and check the weather forecast before you head out.
As they say…Turn around – Don’t drown. Don’t be a dud, we’re having a flood! Don’t put in, bear a grin 🙂
Fishing off the Island is for our guests and by permission only. We’ve seen some fairly good-sized fish taken from the Little River surrounding the river Island. Small Mouth and Large Mouth Bass, Redeye, Bluegill, and Catfish to name a few. If you want to catch your own supper, the Little River may have it.
Fishing License and Permits
There is always a chance of you getting caught by bigger fishermen… these are the folks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Commission (TWRA), so get a permit or take your chances, the choice is yours to make. Rules and Regulations, you know.
We DO NOT rent tubes. We do not encourage the use of tubes at River Johns, and if they are used by your children, please supervise them closely. If they float past the island, they will be in faster water and access down river is practically nil! Use Caution.
RIVER JOHN'S ISLAND
Welcome to Peace!
It’s getting down right hard to find on this earth.
Well, River John’s can help you find, not only peace but also a whole lot of beauty, fun and relaxation. Learn the true meaning of “quiet” where the only sound you might hear may be the dipping of a paddle in the water alongside your canoe.
River John’s River Island is approximately 3 and 1/3 acres in size. The River Island is surrounded by the waters of the Little River with two bridges to access by. One bridge is a walking bridge and the other is for vehicles to cross onto the island. River Island is covered with plenty of trees for shade and open areas for the enjoyment of sports.
You’ll see Great Blue Herons soaring among stately Sycamore trees. See fish flash beneath you… watch turtles sunbathing on ancient craggy stumps… swim or wade a little, or maybe throw in a line or two.
What more could the Bride and Groom ask for than to have a private Island Wedding on the Little River near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
Rent the entire 3-acre Island for your dream wedding (2-day minimum). Stay for the day and camp overnight for a special, camping wedding.
Island Day Rentals
The Island is available for a day rental for community activities and events.
If it’s just for a day or more… bring your group to our island getaway for the day and enjoy the surrounding water of the Little River.
Imagine your own private island to camp on with friends and family.
The entire island (no individual camping spots) can be rented out (2-night minimum) and can accommodate up to 50 campers.