When the Blacklick @ Josephine hits 2000cfs the South Branch is the place to go. The prime section is tight, techincal and very busy. The reach breaks down into three parts. Part 1: If you putin at SR 271 in Nanty Glo you will have two miles of easy swift water though a pretty rhododendron and hemlock valley for a pleasant warm up (once you leave the levees of Nanty Glo behined). Part 2: The whitewater begins after the first bridge at Twin Rocks. There is a good putin here with parking. The next 2.5 miles average a 70 ft/mi drop. The crick is pool drop, but the pools are short. Part 3: After the Rosebud mine bridge the crick eases up and is swift water for the next 2.5 miles to the takeout at the confluence of the North & South branches. Take out is possible at this mine access bridge but problematic as there is constant coal truck traffic across it, and and litte parking. It could enable multiple runs at the rare times when the crick is up.
Paddled on 6/19 at +4500 cfs. What a ride! Pleasantly surprised with the continuous rapids. Even at higher water the rapids on this creek would not wash out. Strainers always a concern but Rand gave us heads up about the two major ones. Spread the word about this gem.
oh...I don't know if its legal or not, but ive been taking out at the rosebud bridge for two yrs now and no one has said anything to me.
Other people run this creek? Wow ... thought I had it to myself. Anyone check for strainers yet? During the year you usually get a bunch from twin rocks to the rosebud bridge.
5 years ago
by Kelli Majiros
by Randall McFarland
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Jamie Brinkerhoff on the S.B. Blacklick Jan. 2010
Takout below Vintondale
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