Laurel Creek (Elk River tributary) - 1. Confluence with McAvoy Run to Erbacon

Laurel Creek (Elk River tributary), West Virginia, US


1. Confluence with McAvoy Run to Erbacon

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 7.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 55 fpm
Max Gradient 55 fpm

Rest in Pieces, Class IV

Rest in Pieces, Class IV
Photo of Matt Schafer by Kevin McCloud taken 10/07/02 @ 6.5 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03194700 8.00 - 10.00 ft III-IV 00h40m 4.43 ft (too low)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2002-12-03 09:48:19

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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February 9 2003 (5783 days ago)
Matt SchaferDetails
This is a small stream with a big attitude. Most of the creek can be scouted from the main road.
Like a lot of little steams, you can be fooled by what you see from the's what you can't
see from the road that makes this creek so fun. Laurel Creek road (pick it up in Cowen) runs the
entire length of Upper Laurel Creek until you reach Erbacon. Then you start getting into lower
Laurel Creek (a whole different ballgame). Keep a vigilant eye out for strainers, they are common.
There are 2 class IV's and several fun II's and III's on Upper Laurel Creek. Awesome run!

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