Difficulty III-IV(V)
Length 7 Miles
Gauge IVY RIVER NEAR MARSHALL, NC
Flow Range 200 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 33 minutes ago 148 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/08/2019 5:39 pm

River Description


Spring creek cuts a deep gorge as it drops into Hot Springs. This run really starts off with some good drops. The major rapids begin a few yards from the put-in and when the creek is really running they are somewhat intimidating. The first mile consists of almost non-stop ledges and boulder gardens. Unfortunately these things can't keep up forever and Spring creek begins to slow after the first mile. By the end of the second mile, all of the big stuff is done and the creek consists of small ledges or rock gardens. There is one major exception. After Spring Creek emerges from the gorge and reaches NC 209 it has one final big drop. The most dangerous and largest rapid on the creek is less than a half mile above Hot Springs. The rapid drops over 10 feet into a monstrous rocky hole and then slams into a rock wall. Unless you are dead set on running this rapid it seems logical to take out above the final drop and skip the last urban section of Spring Creek. There are no real rapids so if you can get to off the river safely after the NC 209 intersection go ahead and do so. Otherwise paddle down into town and take out.

Here are some correlations:

The multiple numbers represent the level at the beginning and the end of the day.

4/6/13
Spring Creek 9 inches
FB 8000-5000
Ivy 500 - 400

1/12/14
Spring Creek 12-13 inches
FB 10,000 ->8000
Ivy 1000->500


2013-01-19
Spring Creek 18 inches
FB 13,000
Ivy 1100 - 700

 

Rapid Descriptions

Chutes and Ladders

Class - III+ Mile - 0.1

Chutes and Ladders
There is a trail on river left that can be used to scout the entire first rapid. This rapid is a decent sample of the gradient and difficulty of the river.

Cookie Monster

Class - III+ Mile - 0.3

The second rapid has a nasty hole in the middle. You can either scrape left or run right to avoid, although the right line is harder to boat scout and may have wood in it.

Mini Vortex

Class - IV Mile - 0.5

This is the longest rapid of the run. At 18 inches it's quite a ride. At 9-12" it's not that bad.
I start right, working left for a 4-5 foot drop then immediately back to the right. I call this one Mini Vortex because it reminds me
of Vortex on NFFB, but not as big.

Playspots

Class - II Mile - 1
There are lots of easy 360 holes in the first mile of the run at least if the water is up.

Banana Split

Class - III+ Mile - 2

There is around a mile of calm until you get to the Banana Split Ledge. Scout right. Going far left or far right looks nasty, start in the middle, hit the ledge in the middle and boof.

Surprise Ledge

Class - III Mile - 3

There is a ledge that sneaks up on you quick that has a pretty decent hole at most levels. It may be more forgiving to the right, but if you hit it straight on paddle hard and boof if you can.

U-Turn

Class - III Mile - 4
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Not difficult at all, but it often has a tree in the middle. There is a giant rock in the middle of the river, start on the right then go all the way
across to the left, do a U Turn around the big rock and go all the way back to the right. Behind the rock is where wood ends up, you can scout it from river left or right to check.

After this there really isn't much to the bridge.

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Matt Jackson
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1 year ago

riverwide log at beginning of steep section was boofable at ~15inches 3/2/18. likely a portage as level drops

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Joel Welsh
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1 year ago

Friday, 3/2/18....quite a bit of wood on Spring Creek. One is all the way across the river at the top of the first rapid, Do Drop In. So, be careful.....Banana Split was clean, as clean can be...

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Paul Scrutton
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1 year ago

Last rapid near town is called "Meat Cleaver".

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David Bazemore
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5 years ago

Lee Bruce if you don't mind could you contact me about this section. David Bazemore Strive2@ymail.com Thanks....

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Lee Bruce
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5 years ago

Here are some correlations I have saved. Seems to be consistent. The ranges indicate the level at the beginning and end of the day. (4/6/13
Spring Creek 9 inches
FB 8000->5000
Ivy 500 -> 400)

(1/12/14
Spring Creek 12-13 inches
FB 10,000 ->8000
Ivy 1000->500)

(2013-01-19
Spring Creek 18 inches
FB 13,000
Ivy 1100 -> 700 )

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Le Scott
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5 years ago

At certain levels, a paddler can slide down the far left chute on the final class 4/5 drop, but beware of wood blocking or under the drop.

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Kevin Yount
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15 years ago

There is one more big drop if you continue on past the bridge that begins the hot springs town limits. It is about a ten foot double ledge. A rock splits the narrow channel. The left is tight, but doable, the right leads into a rock, so you better hug the rock splitting the river. The hole after the second drop looks rough. In the pool after the drops there is a submerged rock in the middle and some wood on the left. For a better description, this drop is in the Benner guidebook.

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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190922 11/04/06 n/a n/a
1212236 05/08/19 Lee Bruce updated image position
1203191 03/23/14 Lee Bruce Named some rapids