Back Creek (Jackson trib) - Bath County Pumped Storage Facility (Route 600) to Jackson R. (Route 603)


Back Creek (Jackson trib), Virginia, US

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Bath County Pumped Storage Facility (Route 600) to Jackson R. (Route 603)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 17.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 22 fpm

Upper Back Creek (above Hwy. 39)


Upper Back Creek (above Hwy. 39)
Photo taken 03/29/12

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BACK CREEK NEAR MOUNTAIN GROVE, VA
usgs-02011500 200 - 5000 cfs I-III 00h59m 283 cfs (running)


River Description

Philip Young shared:

Upper Back Creek can be run from the bridge with culverts off of Rt. 600, about 6 miles above the Hwy. 39 turnoff, down to the confluence with Little Back Creek with potential parking at the Mountain Grove Community Center on Hwy. 39. This stretch has the occasional class 2, with a 2+ not far above Hwy. 39 where the creek takes a 90 degree left (away from the road) and then goes over a ledge. At higher levels there is a hole/breaking wave across most of the creek, with a sneak on the left. If driving the shuttle going upstream along Rt. 600, this is just past the electrical substation.

There is also a USGS gauge on this section (eliminating flow from Little Back Creek), called Back Creek near Sunrise. Photos were taken at 450 cfs on Sunrise, 1200 cfs on Mountain Grove.

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett

Also see the Virginia Rivers website for Back Creek info.


 


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Last Updated: 2013-02-04 10:44:06

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
6.0Little Back Creek ConfluenceN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Little Back Creek Confluence (Class N/A, Mile 6.0)

Upper Back Creek can be run from the bridge with culverts off of Rt. 600, about 6 miles above the
Hwy. 39 turnoff, down to the confluence with Little Back Creek with potential parking at the
Mountain Grove Community Center on Hwy. 39.




User Comments

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March 29 2012 (2213 days ago)
Philip YoungDetails
Upper Back Creek can be run from the bridge with culverts off of Rt. 600, about 6 miles above the
Hwy. 39 turnoff, down to the confluence with Little Back Creek with potential parking at the
Mountain Grove Community Center on Hwy. 39. This stretch has the occasional class 2, with a 2+ not
far above Hwy. 39 where the creek takes a 90 degree left (away from the road) and then goes over a
ledge. At higher levels there is a hole/breaking wave across most of the creek, with a sneak on the
left. If driving the shuttle going upstream along Rt. 600, this is just past the electrical
substation. There is also a USGS gauge on this section (eliminating flow from Little Back Creek)
called Back Creek near Sunrise. Photos were taken at 450 cfs on Sunrise, 1200 cfs on Mountain
Grove.


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