This is the mythical Class III below Jenkinstown Rd. Using a map, it is found just east of the end of Big Falls Trail (private), off Chandler Rd.
Bob Benner covers this stream from 601 to Jenkinstown. Locals tell me there is a lone class III downstream form Jenkinstown. The best time to run the Fisher is in the middle of the winter or early spring before planting season when the levels are runnable but when the water is clear. There are many bluffs, beautiful white pines, and rhododendron. Summer brings the smell of chicken and cow manure and red mud runnoff. For the more adventure minded boater, there is a nice stretch of whitewater in the upper reaches starting a the junction of Ramey Ck. to Ladonia Rd. which runs after a couple inches of rain. There is one III drop just above Crossroads Ch Rd. and later a really freaky class II that makes one feel like they are paddling in a cave.
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The recent death of Chris Clark at Python Rapid on North Carolina's Cheoah River is the third at this site in the last six years. In each case, the person who died was an expert paddler and their paddling partners did not see exactly what happened. Let's take a close look at the Cheoah below Bear Creek Falls and develop strategies for future runs. The river here is very fast and continuous. After a fast lead-in (Chaos), the river drops over Bear Creek Falls, a 12' drop. Below, most of the flow pushes toward the river right channel (Python). Ferrying over to the easier river left channel (the West Prong) requires careful boat control. Python itself contains several nasty holes and sieves, with a bad hole blocked by a boulder at the bottom. There is a good route through it, but paddlers need to plan their route carefully. Scouting is a good idea for first timers, although catching eddies and getting out is not going to be easy. Groups need to stay together.. The rapid is tough enough that you can't watch your buddy all the time, but you can be ready to help if needed. Click through for links to the accident reports, photos, and comments from expert Cheoah River paddlers. (Photo above by Boyd Ruppelt)
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