Little Fishing Creek is tributary of the Tar River and begins
near Oxford in Granville County NC.
It winds through rolling hills and rural farmland. The run consists mostly of
a very narrow fast moving creek through tight bends and a class 2 located
just below the Granville County 1643 (Eaton Road bridge). Beware of
strainers. The last of the run is done on The Tar River. See also reach #
1131, Tar River NC, NC Route 96 to 1203.
Shuttle directions: Take NC route 96 south from Little Fishing Creek to the first paved road on the left and turn left onto Granville County 1643 (Eaton
Go to the stop sign and turn right onto Granville County 1622 (Cannady Mill Rd.). The next bridge is the take out.
This gauge is not exactly great for this section. It is on the Tar River reach number 1131 and subject to variegation in localized rainfall. It is however, the closest thing this creek has to a gauge for now. In other words...take a good look before puting in.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
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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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