Calloway Creek - Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles)


Calloway Creek, Kentucky, US

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Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 70 fpm

Calloway drop.


Calloway drop.
Photo of Donny Wilson by Dale Perry taken 01/15/04 @ low



River Description

Note: This creek is also refered to in some publications as "Galloway" Creek.

Calloway Creek was first run in 2002, and boasts numerous non-stop steep, vertical and chaotic class IV slide-style rapids through a spectacular high walled canyon. There are 2 swinging fences that alert paddlers may be able to pass under (depending upon flow levels) and (at this writing, 03.20.03) 2 river wide tree strainers that should be portaged.

First time paddlers of Calloway should posess good boat scouting skills or be following a Calloway veteran as there are numerous horizion lines with poor bank scouting possibilities.

Barry Grimes


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-06-18 18:57:59

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Calloway drop.

Detail Trip Report  Calloway drop.  Calloway Creek, KY(64.67KB .jpeg)

Man this is FUN!!!

Detail Trip Report  Man this is FUN!!!  Calloway Creek, KY(67.64KB .jpeg)

Tyler boof'n

Detail Trip Report  Tyler boof'n  Calloway, KY(80.37KB .jpeg)

Taking shelter immediately

Detail Trip Report  Taking shelter immediately  @Calloway Creek Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles), KY(89.63KB .jpeg)

Just another tornado warning day

Detail Trip Report  Just another tornado warning day  @Calloway Creek Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles), KY(141.48KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

There is a flat rock (almost shelf) that is directly across the main stem and about 10' on river right downstream from the confluence of it and Smith Fork. It is low but runnable if that rock is barely covered - it will be a little scrapy at the top and bottom but good in the gorge.

Report - Reports of Calloway Creek Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles) and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Calloway Creek [KY] Man this is FUN!!! n/a Dale Perry
2y175d05h17m @Calloway Creek Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles) [KY] Taking shelter immediately n/a Brent Leite
2y175d05h18m @Calloway Creek Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles) [KY] Just another tornado warning day 0 cfs Brent Leite
9y120d14h50m Calloway [KY] Tyler boof'n low Phillip Sisk
> 10 years Calloway Creek [KY] Calloway drop. low Dale Perry

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User Comments


2007-10-24 09:35:01 (2498 days ago)
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calloway can be run really low. my buddy dagger dave and I once went there and he would not take no
for an answer even though I thought it was way too low way way way too low like 250? cfs. the first
half mile was a bad scrapper, real bad and I was real pissed off to be beating the hell out of my
boat. there are two cattle gate fences that come up and are easly avoided, after the second gate
the creek gets so steep that almost no water is required. steep blind turns log flume style banks
appear so tight, like 2-3 feet wide, that 50 cfs is enough to float through the trough. I would not
want to be here at really high water plain and simple. Take this creek seriously.
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 Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles), Calloway Creek Kentucky, US (mobile)