Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Little River Chapter

For many of us summers are filled with work and activities and it’s a great time of year to get projects completed. Who better to help than our very own national park. These smoky mountains are a wonderful place to be and to invest our time. Please see the various opportunities we have and consider being a part of these great works.


June and July 2017 Volunteer Work in GSM National Park

The Park Service needs our help for with the lot of important work coming up in  July as listed below. As is the case every year, the Park Service really needs our volunteer help to complete their important work. So please consider helping is you can!

There is also other work coming up on the North Carolina side of the Park, such as the Catalooche Area, and in August and September as indicated in the attached annual Schedule.

Please contact Charlie Chmielewski (865-661-7325, to sign up to help with any of the work. More information about what to bring, meeting times, and so forth will be provided before each event.

For the work on North Carolina area of the Park, Charlie will pass on your information to North Carolina TU member Mike Kesselring (828-736-6929,, or you can contact Mike directly.

Monday – Thursday July 10 – 13
Need 8 – 10 each day:
    Anthony Creek Brook Trout Restoration. Meet at Abrams Creek Picnic Area for transport up the trail.

Tuesday, July 18
Need 5 – 7:
      Large Stream IBI Sample of Little River. Sample site just above Elkmont roughly 200m upstream of Little River trail-head.

Tuesday, July 18
Need 5 – 7:
      Large Stream IBI Sample of West Prong of Little River. Meet at the parking lot next to bridge at confluence of Middle Prong and West Prong of Little River

Wednesday, July 19
Need 5 – 7:  
    Large Stream IBI Sample Abrams Creek. Meet at the Abrams Creek Ranger Station parking lot.


To learn more about the continuous effort in water sampling please download the

2017 GSMNP Fisheries Volunteer Sampling Schedule

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June Meeting

President’s Thoughts

Ernie Frey


The June meeting is scheduled for the 22nd at Calhoun’s in Maryville. Social hour starts at 6:00pm and the meeting at 7:00. Yesterday, June 9 was a day spent cleaning up Nolan Creek for the upcoming trout camp. Volunteers for our local TU chapters came together and did a lot of good work and had an enjoyable day. The creek is now very fishable and it is surprising the number of large trout for such a small stream. The campers should have a good time.

Speaking of trout camp, I would like to thank Steve Young and all the volunteers who are helping with the camp for their efforts this year. It takes a lot of dedication and a lot of man-hours to put on such a great program. School is out. There are a lot children and grandchildren who need to go fishing. The Smoky Mountain Park is beautiful and the streams are perfect. Get out there with your kids!

The July 27 meeting will be at River John’s Outfitter Island. For those who have never been there, a map is available at Come early, bring a rod and chase some smallmouth bass. Remember to bring your comfy picnic chair to lounge in and a covered dish to share with others.

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May Meeting

We will not be having a meeting this month,  our next meeting will be June 22 at Calhoun’s Maryville. Social hour starts at 6:00 and meeting at 7:00.


Ernie Frey

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All the schools are preparing for their releases to Little River at the Townsend KOA within the first three weeks of May. We are going to need some volunteers to help us with the various programs arranged for the students. In addition to releasing the trout, the Park Service will be providing a show and tell of caught trout (will need a couple of volunteers an hour prior to the schools arrival) a water quality testing station, and a bug identification station. Below is the schedule for each of the schools. Please check your calendars and let me know if you can help out for a couple of hours. I can be reached at


Thanks  Joyce


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