Treaty Creek - Bailey Road to Wabash River (3.6 miles)


Treaty Creek, Indiana, US

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Bailey Road to Wabash River (3.6 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 3.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 26 fpm


River Description

Put-in: probably about 745'
Take-out: something just under 650'
Total drop: ~95'

A local paddler (Jason Tharp) volunteers:
Treaty Creek is mostly class 2 with a spot that could reach class 3 at normal levels. The put in is roadside near the airport. (Address would be 4059 S Bailey Rd, Wabash, IN.) The take out is across the Wabash at the first bridge (Huntington St bridge). There is a park there (Paradise Spring Park) with parking. The main drop can be scouted just upstream of the Bailey Rd bridge.

This run should be runnable about the same times as Pipe Creek (to the west) is. It had about the same depth and width as Pipe.

He provides a video of his run on YouTube (best action starts about 2:10, if you want to skip forward):


Thanks, Jason!


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-12-20 20:09:26

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.6First BraidingN/A
1.3Second BraidingN/A
1.6First TreatII
1.7S.Bailey RoadN/A
2.8Second TreatN/APlayspot
3.1Lafontaine AvenueN/A
3.2Lafontaine Avenue (again)N/A
3.5Wabash River ConfluenceN/A

Rapid Descriptions

First Braiding (Class N/A, Mile 0.6)

At usual flows, the stream splits into braided channels around numerous islands in the next quarter-mile. Follow the main flow and hope for the best. (On streams this small, any downed tree or woody debris may block the full width of the main stream, much less braided channels; look well downstream to anticipate and avoid disasterous deadfall!)



Second Braiding (Class N/A, Mile 1.3)

Another area of islands and braided channels. (Same advice and cautions as above apply.)



First Treat (Class II, Mile 1.6)

A small tributary enters from the right, a couple houses are visible on the left, and the gradient picks up nicely. A few small ledges in the bedrock streambed make fine waves and holes.



S.Bailey Road (Class N/A, Mile 1.7)

As you set shuttle, you may wish to eyeball upstream and down from this bridge to have a feel for some of the action.



Second Treat (Class N/A, Mile 2.8)

Just before a sharp-right turn (as the creek encounters Stone Creek entering from the left and a railroad embankment straight ahead), a fine little bedrock ledge creates a wave/hole. (Warning: expect rocks/debris in the stream around the bend along the tracks.)



Lafontaine Avenue (Class N/A, Mile 3.1)

(mostly just a way-marker)



Lafontaine Avenue (again) (Class N/A, Mile 3.2)



Wabash River Confluence (Class N/A, Mile 3.5)




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