FLLAmingo! Raising of the Water 2013: April 20, 6 p.m. • Calhoun's at Loudoun Dam • 4550 City Park Dr, Lenoir City •

This special pre-opening of Calhoun's Tiki Bar is a benefit for the Fort Loudoun Lake Association, the group that monitors and cleans 50 linear miles of lake from the Forks of the River to the Fort Loudoun Dam. This opening-season fund-raiser features beer, BBQ, and music by the J. Eric Band. There's also a silent auction. Tickets are $40; register at the FLLA website.

Outdoor Knoxfest: April 20-21 • Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center • 900 Volunteer Landing (mile marker 648) •

The second annual Outdoor Knoxfest hits town a little earlier this year with something to offer every outdoor enthusiast. Though many of its events tend toward the more landlocked variety, Outdoor Knoxfest does nonetheless manage to get its feet wet with lake-oriented activities like Fly Fishing 101 and a group paddle along the Tennessee River. See the event website for a full schedule, and our story in this section.

Water Love Fest: April 26, 5 p.m. • Relix Variety Theatre • 1208 North Central St. •

This fund-raiser benefits the Legacy Parks Foundation, the Little River Watershed Association, and the UT student chapter of AWRA. There'll be a screening of the documentary Watershed, a rain barrel workshop, and lots of networking, but then at 8:30 p.m. comes live music. The event is free, but donations are requested.


1st Annual Knoxville Area Blessing of the Fleet: April 27, 12 p.m. • Concord Cove Park •

Hosted by BoatPro and West Marine Knoxville, the Blessing of the Fleet brings the Greek maritime tradition to Knoxville. Bring your boat to the waters in front of Concord Cove Park to be blessed via loudspeaker.

Freedom Boat Club Open House: April 27 • 12214 Choto Marina Way •

The Freedom Boat Club is opening its doors and offering visitors entertainment, food, and beverages. Boating Safety Class coming up May 4.

Tennessee Riverboat Company Cruises: dates/times vary •

You've seen the "Star of Knoxville" cruising by downtown—why not find out what they have to offer? Regular meal and sightseeing cruises are offered several times a week, with special themes and holiday events sprinkled throughout the summer's calendar. Or if you have your own special event coming up, charter the boat for your own private party. On April 19, there's the Comedy Cruise (boarding 10 p.m., 21 and up only).


River Sports Social Paddle: April 18 & 25, 6 p.m. • or 865-523-0066

River Sports Outfitters sponsors a weekly social paddle that launches from different places. Call for more info or like their Facebook page. Limited to the first 25.

Social Paddle at the Cove: April 20, 9 a.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) • or 865-523-0066

River Sports Outfitters sponsors this paddling get-together. It's free if you bring your own gear. Otherwise, for $15, you'll be equipped with a kayak, canoe, or SUP, paddle, and PFD. Call to reserve your spot; limited to first 25 (this Social Paddle happens every Saturday morning).

Blast Time Trials: April 21, 12:45 p.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) •

Join the Blast Paddlers for monthly race events with a set of rotating 3k, 6k, and 10k courses. Give it a try! All paddlers are welcome: surf skis, kayaks, outriggers, sups, plastics, etc.

Fort Loudoun Lake Sunday Afternoon Paddle: April 21, 1:30 p.m. • Louisville Point Park •

Knoxville's Chota Canoe Club will conduct a paddle from Louisville Point Park in Blount County up Lackey Creek (return and rest depends upon the group and daylight). Recreational kayaks and canoes are welcome. More info:

Open Dragon Boat Practice: April 23, 6:20 p.m. • Melton Lake Greenway at the Oak Ridge Marina (697 Melton Lake Dr.) • or 865-300-8562

Sponsored by the Secret City Mad Paddlers, this is a fun way to introduce yourself to this new team sport. All ages (15 and over) and all fitness levels welcome. First three practices are free for beginners and all equipment is provided. (This event meets every Tuesday.)

Social Paddle at the Cove: April 23, 6 p.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) • or 865-523-0066

River Sports Outfitters sponsors this paddling get-together. It's free if you bring your own gear. Otherwise, for $15, you'll be equipped with a kayak, canoe, or SUP, paddle, and PFD. Call to reserve your spot; limited to first 25 (this Social Paddle happens every Tuesday evening).

Boat Demo Day at the Cove: April 27, 11 a.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) • 865-523-0066

River Sports Outfitters lets you try out SUPs, kayaks, and canoes in their try-before-you-buy program. They also have the new eight-person SUP by C4! (The Demo Day happens the second and fourth Saturday of every month.)

Volunteer Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race: April 27, 8 a.m. • Riverside Landing Park • 1648 Riverside Drive •

This mega competition features four races—80 mile, 46 mile, and 28 mile, and 5 mile—open to all paddle, peddle and stand-up paddlers. Find more details at the event listing.


FIRST, A WORD ON LICENSING: You can't mention lakes without getting to the great inevitable of fishing, and you can't mention fishing without a word on licensing. If you're over 13 and under 86, if you're not fishing on a farm your family owns or leases, or you aren't on military leave, pick up a license before you bait your hook. Luckily, fishing licenses can be purchased online ( or at any number of sporting goods stores. The city maintains a brief list ( of local fishing spots, but if you want to know where they're really hitting, ask a local angler.

Fly Fishing 101: April 20, 21, 27, 28 at 10 a.m. • Orvis (Sevierville) •

A two-hour introduction to fly fishing, free.

American Bass Anglers American Fishing Tour: April 27 • Lake Cherokee • Ramp: 25-E •

This is a Tennessee Northeast Divisional One Day Event. Entry fee is $70; register at their website.


Keel Boat Certification Course: April 24, 6 p.m.; April 26, 8 a.m. & 6 p.m. • Concord Yacht Club • 11600 Northshore Dr. •

Learn how to get that keel boat certified!

Little River Watershed 101: April 25, 6:30 p.m. • Blount County Library •

The Little River Watershed Association is hosting this "Little River, Ask an Expert" class that will feature about 15 technical experts to answer public questions about water quality, stream ecology, preservation and regional conservation.

TWRA Boating Safety Courses

You wouldn't try to drive a car without a license and some training, would you? TWRA boating safety courses are held at a number of TWRA-approved locations over the summer. Don't test your luck and run afoul of an enforcement agent—grab a black pen, your Social Security card, and your mandatory Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit, and study up for the exam at one of these locations instead.

• Travis Marine (9312 Tedford Rd.)

This four-session course teaches: Boat Handling and Safety, Rules of the Road, and Equipment and Safety issues, April 16, 18, 23, 25, at 6:15 p.m. Please note: You must pre-register ($37 per person/$47 for two family members).

• Gander Mountain (11501 Parkside Dr., Farragut)

Two-night class with test on second night; all classes are 6–9 p.m. April 23-24, May 14-15, May 21-22, May 28-29, June 5-6, June 11-12, June 25-26, July 9-10, July 27-28, July 31-Aug. 1, Aug. 13-14, Aug. 20-21, Aug. 27-28, Sept. 10-11, Sept. 24-25, Oct. 8-9, Nov. 12-13, Dec. 10-11.

• New Hopewell Baptist Church (943 Kimberlin Heights Rd.)

April 27, 10 a.m.

• Choto Marina (12214 Choto Marina Ln.)

May 4 and 5.

• John Sevier Hunter Education Center (2327 Rifle Range Rd.)

Held the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.


CALHOUN'S ON THE RIVER: 400 Neyland Drive • 865-673-3355 •

Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Mon-Fri. Drink specials.

CALHOUN'S AT THE MARINA, FORT LOUDOUN, LENOIR CITY: 4550 City Park Dr. • 865-988-9838 •

Happy Hour: Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Drink specials.

FOX ROAD MARINA - BAMBOO BAR: mile marker 617,

Winter hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

LAKESIDE TAVERN: mile marker 16 • 10911 Concord Park Dr. • 865-671-2980 •

1/2 Price Wine Night: Every Monday.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. $3 off appetizers, 1/2 price draft beer, house wine at the bar.

RUTH'S CHRIS: 950 Volunteer Landing Lane • 865-546-4696 •

Ruth's Prime Hour: Mon-Fri before 6:30 p.m.. Food and drink specials.

April 18, 6:30 p.m.: Gary Nicholson

SWEET P'S BARBECUE AND SOUL HOUSE: mile marker 635.5 • 3725 Maryville Pike • 865-247-7748 •

Hours: Tue-Thu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

VOLUNTEER LANDING MARINA - PIRATE'S COVE TIKI BAR: mile marker 648 • 956 Volunteer Landing Lane •

Winter hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WILLY'S: mile marker 612.4 • 2600 Whitten Lane • 865-288-3480 •

Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. $2.25 domestic bottles, $3.25 import bottles, $1 off call and premium cocktails, food specials.

During the month of April, Willy's will be open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to get you in the "mood" for the lake

See our Lake Life events listings, photos, and stories in the Calendar throughout the summer!