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Difficulty III+(IV)
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Reach Info Last Updated 01/24/2014 3:10 pm

River Description

Lat/longitude coords of putin & takeout are a SWAG.

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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Philip Malatin
14 years ago

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.

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Philip Malatin
15 years ago

The road to Upper Creek is toast. You could still conceivably hike the shuttle from the gate. Would it be worth it?

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Gage Descriptions

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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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1203024 01/24/14 Jeff Paine Update takeout location
1192008 02/02/07 Philip Malatin n/a