North White Oak Creek - Zenith Mines to Leatherwood Ford

North White Oak Creek, Tennessee, US


Zenith Mines to Leatherwood Ford

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 7.8 Miles

Alt. Take-Out

Alt. Take-Out
Photo by Spalding Hurst taken 04/09/05

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
North White Oak Creek at Gernt
virtual-50289 400 - 1200 cfs II 00h56m ~ 167.638 cfs (too low)

River Description

Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, B. Sehlinger and
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2007-04-23 10:30:08


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 15 2013 (2102 days ago)
david blumbergDetails
We ran this at about 4000 cfs BSF @ Leatherwood gauge, or 10.3 on the stick gauge at the bridge.
the water was just lapping over the low water bridge at Leatherwood. NWO Ck was not scrapey, all
rapids were runnable. Reports of this being a Class II run are greatly misinformed, IMO. There are
bad undercuts in almost every turn. It is a very technical run, and while it's maybe Class II rapid
difficulty without the undercuts, with them there are many Class III drops with almost no margin
for error. I would NOT put anyone on this that only had Class II skills. That being said, this is
one of the finest runs anywhere if you like the technical style of paddling and unparalleled
scenery. Bluffs are taller than Clear Creek Canyon, and many large boulders in the stream a la BSF.
It was like a miniature BSF without the anxiety of the Big Three (just be careful of the
April 29 2011 (2819 days ago)
david luinstraDetails
4-29-2011 - today's run, BFS ~6300 when we put on, about ~5800 when we took off. Very good water
level. Good Wave Trains.
March 12 2011 (2867 days ago)
david luinstraDetails
We Paddled NOrth White Oak 3-3-2011, Leatherwood was ~5100, this was enough water, but not more
than enough. The putin looked much lower when we were unwinding the shuttle. This would be the
Minimum I would consider paddling North White Oak.
April 10 2005 (5029 days ago)
Brad NeffDetails
We ran this section with the Leatherwood Ford Gauge at 8.75. A fair amount of scraping at this
water level in my Force XL, and a couple of strainers. This is NOT a "beginner" Class II
run--lots of manuvering through boulders and a fair amount of undercut rock hazards. Wonderfully