Possibly the cleanest of the Miami Conservency District whitewater runs. This creek is smaller than Ludlow or Greenville Creeks. It can be done at low water since the drops are primarily slides. The run is far better at higher flows.
The only large drop on Painter creek is behind a small riverside house. At high flow this sucker has amassive hole. It is about 10-12 feet of vertical height witha single drop on the right or a double drop on the left.
Great at levels above 1500cfs on Greenville guage. There are a couple of good surf spots. Be careful above the falls, a huge hole forms at a high enough level that can be very sticky.
Had been tubing down this creek for many years never been over the falls until this January we had some snow melt and rain in a few days got some good water. Greenville creek was running 1900 cfs. There is a ft. gauge close to the put in it read 1 ft. I got stuck first run in the ledge above the falls can be sticky. Came back next day everything was washed out hole at bottom of falls didn't look very friendly the creek was at 1 1/2 ft.
The trees reported in Painter Creek back in November are gone. There was no wood in the run on 23 December.
Reference gauge is Greenville Creek at Bradford. Look at 400 cfs and rising.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Painter Creek Falls
Painter Creek at low flow
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