Big Reed Island Creek, Virginia, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
Big Reed Island Creek downstream of Rt. 58 contains some moderate whitewater in a pretty micro-gorge as it approaches the Laurel Fork confluence. Laurel Fork almost doubles the flow and there's a nice rapid just below this with some big waves. Above and below this the creek is pretty but milder and there are more cabin intrusions. For a good run on the upper section you'll probably need close to a foot on the Silverleaf Rd. bridge gauge as a minimum. Take out as far upstream on River Rd. as you can as there is mainly flatwater the last couple of miles to the Silverleaf bridge.
This reach should probably be divided in two parts; the upper section with most of the whitewater from Rt. 58 to River Rd/Silverleaf; and then a milder section from River Rd/Silverleaf to Rt. 221. See Ed Grove's Classic Virginia Rivers for a good description of this stretch of the creek; Roger Corbett's Virginia Whitewater only includes the section below U.S. 221.
See also Lower Big Reed Island Creek.