Jennings Creek is most popular locally for trout fishing and summer time swimming holes. But when the rain hits and the flow jumps you wont see either here. The majority of the run is located with in National Forest and mostly roadside.
There is always a bunch of wood in this creek, but most of it should be avoidable. You should watch for and note places needing portaging on the ride up.
After your laps here slide up North Creek for a tighter, faster, more technical creek with even more wood!
River wide ledge. Multiple line options at various levels.
I ran this section on Nov. 13th, '09 (egads, on Friday the 13th!). I recommend you put in at the confluence of Middle Creek as there are strainers above there plus the heavier water is all downstream. There are two class III's back to back that start the run with no warm up so be careful. No big problems below there except for the the big falls near the end of the run. I don't recommend running the falls (class IV) on the right so manuever far left and angle your boat towards river right. A pin there is maybe possible at moderate levels so make sure you have a safety backup with throw rope and river knife handy.
Thorpe and I(Cam) ran this section Fri after work 4-3-09 when Apple Orchard Falls area got alomost 3 inches of rain(thorpe checked)over a few days.??? We ran up above Middle Creek about 1/2 to 3/4 mile above it, tops- and ran to General Store, I think 3 portages w/ a few we probably should have not limboed under.I'd say North Creek is a little bit more exciting for Whitewater Hunters,but both are great fun with some water-Cam hall
Re: Anyone know the shuttle for Jennings Creek, VA? vakayaker New
Date: Apr 18 2004, 2:34 GMT
If I remember right, the road follows the creek for most if not all of the way. Jennings does have a couple of decent drops, nothing wild though. North Cr. that flows into it is kinda fun too if there's enough water, if you keep in mind that the one 50 yard stretch of the creek that you can't see from the road harbors a fairly nasty little drop...
For now look for a couple inches of local rain in 12-24.
Painted gauge coming soon...
Permits are not required for this reach.
The entire run is roadside within nat'l forest. Drive upstream, as far up Jennings Creek Rd. (614) as you want to go. Multiple parking options and pull offs. They are often being used by trout fishermen as this creek is stocked.
The take out is a bit more tricky. Going downstream you eventually leave nat'l forest right at the river wide ledge (HOC ledge). If your group is small you may get away with parking near there, but there is a small parking lot (recommended) only a couple hundred yards upstream at the blue hole (which is just upstream of the HOC ledge). You can also continue all the way to the confluence with the James River and then 5 mins down the James to the public boat landing at the Arcadia bridge over the James.
the blue hole
Cam ..H.O.C. ledge
House on Cliff on Ledge
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