just a small detail, but it is an 11.1 mile run from bakers island to the sandy beach (not 9 as previously stated). Sewer plant rapid appears when you start to see a sewer pipe. It involves starting center or right (depending on the flow) and cutting hard right to miss a ledge hole/pour over above the end of the rapid where the river cuts right. Another notable rapid appears almost at the end. Look for the old ford and then a swinging bridge that is hanging in the water. This rapid (just above the takeout) can have sizeable holes. If you want to avoid punching the main hole then a ferry can be made to river left part way through the run, otherwise punch away.
We love paddling this one when the flow is around five or six thousand CFS. There are just 16 miles of terrific big 6 foot and relatively consequence free surfing waves. Beautiful valley. Surf, Surf, Surf!
8 years ago
The Webster Springs gauge is located 17 river miles downstream of the put-in.It is on river right immediately before the bridge crossing the river. It has an outside staff gauge that can be read directly. No major tributaries and just a few small tributaries flow into the Elk between this gauge and the put-in. Thus this gauge gives a very good indication of the stage and flow paddlers will experience of this section.
The NWS sets 10' as flood stage.
There is a visual gauge on the CR 15/4 bridge pier at Cherry Falls.This is several miles above the put-in at the city park on Bakers Island. This gauge reads 4.0' lower then the Webster Springs gauge at recommended paddling levels. Be aware that the Back Fork joins the Elk River below this visual gauge.
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