Most of the rapids are in the first half of the run, with some reaching class IV/IV+ at higher levels. At optimal levels, it is a great class III/III+ run with pool/drop rapids. As you near the take-out, you will pass a 20-ft tall bluff on river left as you enter a willow thicket. Stay left as the creek braids around an island. The take-out road is here. Going right will likely mean paddling the extra mile past your vehicle to the FS road 1201 crossing.Put-in: Reached by continuing East on Hwy 16 from Ben Hur for 1.5 miles and turning onto Upper Falling Water Road (NFS 1205) and following to the NFS Richland Creek Campground. This road will parallel Falling Water Creek most of the way. This can also be reached by taking Falling Water Road farther East off Hwy 16.Take-out: Reached by continuing across the campground bridge and up the mountain to Dickey Junction. Turn right on Richland Creek Road (NFS 1201). Take-out is located just after descending the hill and passing the impressive bluff line 'Stack Rock'. Park at the intersection of the next road to the right. This road is a short but steep trail to the river. NFS 1201 will cross Richland Creek about a mile past the intersection, but no parking space is available.
At the listed put-in drainage area is ~67.3 square miles (as calculated by USGS StreamStats 4.2.0 software).
By the listed take-out it has increased to ~103 square miles.
11 years ago
by Lance Jones
Gauge located at NFS Richland Creek Campground bridge. Can be run a little below 2.8 feet but it gets real rocky.(Has been run at 2.3-2.4 with lots of scrapes and a few carries) Starts to get real pushy above 4.5 feet. Big levels offer up a great Big Water run with large waves and holes.
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