This run was pioneered by Ron Stewart.
Suck gets run fairly frequently by those who possess the appropriate skills. It's not a run to be taken lightly. A boater pinned and died here in Feb. 1987. "http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Accident/detail/id/41/">See this account in the Accident Database for more info.
The river bed changes more often than Madonna changes her image.
Sieves, Concrete, Road Blast, Metal Debris and Logs are common hazards on this run.
Please Scout and proceed cautiously after every big rain.
See description of South Suck for information about the steeper upper section first pioneered by Clay Wright.
This run is pool/ drop yet it has a continuous feel to it.
For further information visit: www.waldensridgewhitewater.com
New gage above Knucklehead has 0'' at absolute minimum and 6'' as good low water first time run according to locals. As of Dec of 2016
In late fall of '06 Team Jib added 1/2 to 3/4 mile more whitewater on this creek. People have now been making runs down to the bridge. This was made possible by moving a rock away from the landing zone in Knucklehead and removing wood from the rapid after it, named Beyond Thunder Dome. Knucklehead and Beyond Thunder Dome are the largest two rapids of the lower section. There is one other rapid in the lower section that has proved to be tricky. That has been referred to as Lane Brain (aka Hamburger) It consists of a few ledges with the last ledge being just in front of a large boulder. Those going right of the boulder have had a higher success rate of a clean run than those going left. On down from this near the takeout is a nice section of ledges. If you are running Suck Creek low it is recommended that you use the Knucklehead takeout as the lower section starts to get boney at levels around the lower end of 4' on Tony's new gauge. Please be mindful when parking at the bridge. Please do not block the road or visibility of those utilizing the road. Try and leave as few cars at the bridge as possible because parking is limited.
From Clay Wright:
S. Suck is a roadside 1/4 mile sequence of drops I pioneered
8 years ago
12 years ago
Visual, takes a good thunderstorm to get it going in the summer. A 1/2" to 2" rain in the winter depending on existing base flow. Suck runs often a day or two after most everything else in the area has dropped out.
Minimum Recommended Flow on the gauge is 3.6'
Maximum is likely around 6.5'
4' is the minimum recommended level for the section below Knucklehead.
If you can scrape down the rapids you can paddle the run but the pin potential increases. Before the gauge was installed the typical way to check the level is to proceed to the next pull out above the rapid known as knuckle head. If there is enough water to paddle over the slab without landing on rocks the section is runnable.
A gauge is located just above Knuckle Head. Head down the trail to the top of knuckle head, make your way around a large boulder and the gauge is on the back of a boulder on river right.
Permits are not required for this reach.
If you park at the bridge pull well out of the way and DO NOT block the driveway.
Shitty Shitty Bang Bang
Above the Second Drop at Slow-N-Low
Railgrab At Slow N Low
Slow & Low 3
Slow & Low 2
Slow & Low 1
Dodson - Pinnacle
Brent Meadows - Road Construction
Slow and Low
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