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Difficulty IV-V(V+)
Length 7 Miles
Gauge BIG SANDY CREEK AT ROCKVILLE, WV
Flow Range 6.50 - 9.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 4.25 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/03/2011 1:35 pm

River Description


For a helmet-cam video of some of the drops including the last slide, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeczvJ6dLSo

George Mower, CCA Cruiser; Ed Gertler.

Takeout is the bridge just above the Lower Yough, at Entrance Rapid. Those who wish, can continue on a high-water run of the Lower Yough and take out at the Loop or Bruner Run.

Putin: there are putins downstream of Rte. 381, which eliminate some distance of flatwaterish stuff.

This is a narrow, tight stream. There are pinning rocks all over the place. One of the most characteristic rapids is the Cacades, which is a boney slide culminating in a 6-foot ledge.
After the Cascades, there's a lot of boulder-bumping. Another good drop is Seven Foot Falls (shown below), which requires a committed boof.
The last major rapid is the Slide (photo above). This narrow, shallow monster is a portage for many who value their skin and their teeth. Scout this puppy before running the stream! You don't want to miss the last-chance eddy and blunder into it. A small red flag on a river-left tree currently marks the last-chance eddy.

Other related or nearby streams:
Middle Yough (Class II)
Casselman (Class I-III)
Lower Yough (Class III)
Ohiopyle Falls (Class IV, almost always illegal)
Upper Yough (Class IV-V)
Top Yough (Class IV-V)

Rapid Descriptions

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9 years ago

As of yesterday, 3/10/2010, there was a tree laying across the upper sections of the slides. About 6 inch thick and until moved they are not runnable. Hopefully state park or locals will move it out.

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Mark Zak
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12 years ago

I ran the slide on a low water day, the meadow was far from running. The lower was at 3.0 and falling. The water line was not nearly above the edges of the little box the water flows through. It was straight forward, tough current in the notch of course, but the run was clean. Momentum coming down from the upper slide into the notch drove me right through and kept me off the walls. It can go at low water if you're bored and looking for some action.

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Erik Amason
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14 years ago

Responding to the picture about going under the seven foot falls rock. I did do that once at a medium-low flow actually. The catch is I was being stupid and cavalier and found myself to far right and hit the right rock with my bow, went cartwheeling backwards into the hole off the rock and surfed it upside down until I caught some deep greenwater off the fall and it pushed my low volume C-1 XXX right all the way under the rock. The bouency of my boat popped me out the other side in the eddy after rubbing up under the ceiling of the undercut. My friend sat there and watched it and said it was a pretty wild little trashing; it felt weird upside down too.

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Chris Preperato
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15 years ago

Put-in

Best put-in is right at the commercial rafting outfitters off Rt 381 about a mile up the hill from the slides. In reality, you can walk the shuttle along the road, it takes about 15 minutes at most. There is a trail alongside the river, but its hilly and winds around a little, the road is more direct.

Also, for the cascades. Our consensus was to start right of center, through the notch, and stay there until the end. Pretty simple slide. To avoid pitoning at the base, carry speed and go off with a side angle to the right, maybe 30 degrees. This keeps your bow from smacking down on the rocks, boofing is pretty hard when there is only an inch of water to use.

To gauge the river, its in the same drainage as the Big Sandy, the water falls from the same place, so most likely if the Sandy is rising towards 6.5 or more it is runnable.

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Kevin Williams
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16 years ago

Cascades is quite impressive looking (more-so than the photos suggest) but not at all difficult, high flows want to slam you into R-wall and pins are possible at all flows at base of 6

Gage Descriptions

Runnable when the Lower Yough's cranking, especially when it's on the rise.

Directions Description


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2008-01-12 Medium Injury Other Read More

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

1/9/2004
Kevin Colburn

There will be a one day conference on January 31st in eastern Pennsylvania that will address dam removal and rehabilitation in the state and region. It is likely that this very affordable conference would be helpful to paddlers interested in working on dam removal projects in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Registration for the conference is due by January 23rd.
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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1191431 06/20/01 Steven Bloskis n/a
1195162 05/30/09 Matt Muir Added abstract; added a gauge.
1195167 05/30/09 Matt Muir Fixed lynx
1199989 05/03/11 Robert Miller added hyperlink for video