Lick Creek - Green Sulphur Springs to the New River at Sandstone

Lick Creek, West Virginia, US


Green Sulphur Springs to the New River at Sandstone

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 5.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 65 fpm
Max Gradient 65 fpm

Lick Creek

Lick Creek
Photo of Dave Hersman by Jack Woodrum taken 1994

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03185000 3.00 - 5.20 ft II-IV 00h56m 2.18 ft (too low)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-01-05 20:38:27

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 23 2009 (3470 days ago)
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Whoever labeled this thing a class 2 to 4 was obviously on drugs. Or at least the wrong ones. It's
a treacherous little thing, if not that horribly difficult. Big Smile Falls [the first class 5] is
now gone, whittled from an 8 foot ledge to a big waterslide by the flood in 2004. The bottom ledge
is getting worse, however,, as it has eroded back a number of feet from it's orginal shape to be
forming the beginnings of a tempermental notch in the bedrock. A fun, short creek run, Lick Creek
appears to be continuing to do wierd things geologically speaking, probably as a sequelia from the
blasting that built the nearby interstate. Be careful out there 1-22-10 I made the mistake of
underestimating this creek last summer during a flood. Not sure of the levels, but i know it was
pumpin. We made a short run over the falls, about 400 yards above and took out below. First run was
a lot of fun. We ran if river right close to the rocks. Second time ended up stuck in a keeper
about 30ft above the fall. After a escaped, I successfully dropped the falls sideways. You need to
be on your line for this one. I got sucked back in to the falls and rolled around a couple times.
Ended up smimming and lost my paddle. It was a blue Werner by the way. I plan on running this again
during the next rainy season. If any locals wanna gohit me up.

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