Camp Creek - Camp Creek State Forest to Bluestone River


Camp Creek, West Virginia, US

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Camp Creek State Forest to Bluestone River

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 4.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 35 fpm
Max Gradient 80 fpm

Camp Creek third ledge


Camp Creek third ledge
Photo of Hollie Hubbert by Bob Anderson taken 05/29/04 @ 7'

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BLUESTONE RIVER NEAR PIPESTEM, WV
usgs-03179000 6.00 - 10.00 ft II-III 01h30m 6.23 ft (running)


River Description

From the put-in near the confluence of Mash Fork in Camp Creek State Forest to a church parking area just off the Camp Creek exit of the West Virginia Turnpike(I -77 exit 20 is a 2.5 mile paddle. However most boaters put-in near the church parking area for an exciting two mile entrance to the Bluestone River. This section has a lot of bedrock exposed and contains 3 major slide ledges. The first two are straight forward with the third being more complex. The last series of rapids just before entering the Bluestone river are the only technical rapids and this section is known as Pinball. The Maximum gradient(80'mile) is found in this section.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-05-21 12:52:10

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 30 2017 (532 days ago)
Paul LangeDetails
Ran this section on May 27, 2017. The level was 6.74 ,1890 cfs,( Bluestone @Pipestem) and falling
slowly. First time running this section. It was getting scrapy in spots. Not sure I would want to
run it much lower. We took out below Eads Mill Bridge on the left. Nice, staight forward Class II
to easy Class III run as described. Fun surf waves and side surf holes on both the creek and
Bluestone. Very easy shuttle. Nice, scenic, shorter run. There was a lot of wood in the last rapid
before the confluence with the Bluestone. Most shoved up near the sides; however, there was one
almost river-wide strainer from the left about half way down. We were able to duck under it from
the far right side. Easy to see ahead of time if eddy-hopping down. There also were two or three
strainers in the first half mile in the calmer water sections. We were able to squeeze by those
without getting out of our boats.
December 26 2007 (3975 days ago)
chad lesterDetails
Ran Camp Creek 12-16-07 , there is two trees in the creek in the first 1/4 mile . The rest of the
run is clear .


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