Evan's Island is a one-group island campsite between Redmon Dam and Barnard Park, also known as Section 8. The third and furthest-downstream campsite we maintain on islands within the French Broad River, this site has a simple river access, picnic table, fire ring, and an elevated composting toilet. Everything you need for a relaxed night on the Paddle Trail.
Whether coming from far upstream and portaging both Marshall dams or putting in at the river access below and river-right of Redmon Dam, Evan's Island is the first island you'll come across after passing below the Little Pine Road bridge. Keep an eye out for the sign at the head of the island a little less than two miles below Redmon Dam. You can easily recognize Evan's Island by the large sandy/rocky beach on the upstream end, and the upland forested area towards the back. The picnic table, fire ring and toilet are in the central part of the island. The best access depends on water level, but typically the upstream river-right tip, or the upstream river-left side, are best for landing incoming boats.
There are actually three islands in total in this cluster, however campsite infrastructure only exists on the largest.
Note that all mainland paralleling the islands are privately-owned. Please respect these landowners' properties, and do not seek firewood, shelter, departure, or anything else from the neighboring land areas. Do not try to drive to the campsite.
Assumption of Risk & Waiver of Liability: By making this reservation you are acknowledging that there are certain risks inherent in outdoor activities such as paddling and camping. Each participant of this campsite booking agrees to release from liability MountainTrue, the campsite's landowner, and any partners or affiliates for any accident, injury, illness, or personal loss which might occur while visiting, or paddling alongside, this campsite. Each participant further agrees to abide by the campsite's stated rules and regulations and to notify MountainTrue staff of any safety concerns or management needs.
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MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge. The French Broad Riverkeeper program fights for safe and healthy waterways for all residents of the French Broad River watershed by bringing together local residents and communities to identify pollution sources, enforce and advocate for stronger environmental laws, engage in aquatic ecosystem restoration, and educate and empower the public.