Phil Malatin testifies:
The section of Upper Creek that we ran is a quickie with one good rapid
called Roadside Attraction. Since the floods of 2004, Roadside Attraction has become a scary looking drop. The right side of the landing zone is seived out terribly. Definitely have a look before you take the plunge.
To the put in: From the FR 982 bridge follow the creek upstream to the end
of the road where the dirt piles are and park. Continue up the road with
your boat on your back to where the road ends and Raven Cliff Gorge begins.
The trail continues up to the right. The creek is once again even with the
road. When the leaves are off the trees, Roadside Attraction is very
obvious, and even when it is thick, the noise will let you know to go down
and take a look. It is about halfway up.
At high water, we ran it down to the FR 982 bridge. That was a long time
ago, but I don't remember anything very remarkable in there.
The road is open as of August 2005, but the damage has not been repaired. If you decide to paddle back to your car, beware that there is a bad log crossing the stream.
The road to Upper Creek is toast. You could still conceivably hike the shuttle from the gate. Would it be worth it?
On Aug. 5, 2001, Phil Malatin wrote in Boater Talk:
"Friday night the Jonas Ridge (Burke County) rain gauge received 2.2 inches of rain. Saturday morning, Upper Creek had just enough water in it to run. Things have been wet of late, so in dry times probably more rain is needed.
There is a piece of steel stuck in the creekbed on river right just downstream of the FR 982 bridge. There was about three inches of pipe/rebar sticking above the water. That would be about the minimum to run the section below Raven Cliff gorge, which is what we did."
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