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Difficulty I-III
Length 17.5 Miles
Gauge BACK CREEK NEAR SUNRISE, VA
Flow Range 200 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 41 minutes ago 85 [CFS] 👍 ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/04/2013 10:44 am

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.


 

Rapid Descriptions

Little Back Creek Confluence

Class - N/A Mile - 6
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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.

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Philip Young
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6 years ago

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.

Summary of Gauge Readings

This river is dependent on releases from the Bath County Pumped Storage Facility.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
BACK CREEK NEAR SUNRISE, VA
AW Gauge Info
85 cfs 👍 ⚠️ 00h41m
BACK CREEK NEAR MOUNTAIN GROVE, VA
AW Gauge Info
188 cfs 00h56m Gauge (Drainage = 134 sq.mi.) is on this reach, thus should accurately show actual flow in this reach.
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Directions Description


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Attention Virginia Boaters!

2003-04-24 00:00:00-04
Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.
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