White Oak Creek - Highway 52 to Clear Fork River

White Oak Creek, Tennessee, US


Highway 52 to Clear Fork River

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 6 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03409500 500 - 1500 cfs II+ 00h39m 870 cfs (running)
500 is a good low, 1500 would make it pretty fast and wash many of the features out.

River Description

Local expert (Ron Stewart, Box 1337, Chattanooga, TN 37401)
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2002-03-01 06:40:09

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 7 2017 (655 days ago)
Crisler (158104)
4/5/17 1000cfs, G and Eli OC1, josh ducky, ct yak. hiked in on white oak trail from horshoe bend
road and hike out at confluence. about 3.5 miles on the river, good way to skip all the flat water
at the top. lots of class 2+ rapids and amazing overhanging bluffs.
February 9 2014 (1808 days ago)
Brandon HughettDetails
From Hwy 52 to Clear Fork River, it is 6 miles. From the confluence at Clear Fork to Burnt Mill
Bridge, it's approximately 5.5 miles.
April 29 2010 (3190 days ago)
Brandon HughettDetails
Ran this on 4/27/2010. Clear Fork at Robbins was reading 450cfs. There was plenty of water on White
Oak Creek to run it. The most beautiful class II run I know of...probably the most beautiful run on
the Cumberland Plateau.
December 23 2008 (3682 days ago)
x (1)
I prefer to run this when the BSF at Leatherwood is 3200 cfs. At that level, the slide is Class III
and from there down it is a fun canyon to run. After the confluence with Clear Fork River, the
water moves fast and there are a few good Class II rapids. Yes the flat paddle to the canyon is
very long, but the canyon makes up for the flat paddle in. Charlie Wilkerson, TSRA
November 18 2002 (5909 days ago)
Andy MesserDetails
There's a long, hellish, murky, dead flatwater stretch at the beginning that seems to last forever.
Down toward the confluence with the Clear Fork--sometimes called the Meeting of the Waters--there's
a beautiful gorge section where sandstone cliffs come all the way down to the water. The scenery
alone makes it well worth doing.

I've only run this once, at about 1,000 cfs on the Clear Fork near Robbins gauge. At that level, I
would rate the long slide rapid at the beginning of the gorge section class III. It's a very
substantial drop, and the section that follows is extremely consticted. I would think that very
high water levels could push this area up to class IV and perhaps beyond.