Difficulty IV(V)
Length 2.3 Miles
Gauge Town Cr near Geraldine
Flow Range 1000 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 27 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/13/2019 12:24 am

River Description

Note: This page historically contained data for two Dry Creeks, one on the South Sauty Creek watershed, and one in the Short Creek watershed. It has been updated to reflect information only for the Dry Creek in the Short watershed.

Dry Creek is what the name suggests most of the time, unless a big rain event is coming through the area. If Town and Short are both spiking or holding in flood, it might be prime time to check out Dry.

Access is fairly simple: a small side road near the Martling Road bridge offers easy parking and water access. The takeout is the same as for Short Creek, at the AL 227 ranger station on Lake Guntersville. At least the lake paddle is shorter, since Dry dumps into the lake about a mile after Short does.

There is a very faded painted gauge on the upstream side of the Martling bridge, which you can use to judge the water levels if your eyes are good. According to Alabama Whitewater, 0" is scrapable, 4-6" is ideal, and 12" is high.  There is now an online gauge for Short Creek, operated by StreamBeam, allowing you to check the Short level before you head out.  Hopefully in the future a correlation will be developed, but as of now, the only data point is that Dry was at 6" when Short was holding at 7.8' on the online gauge. See the following link for the Short gauge:

For another opinion on the run, see the link below:

Rapid Descriptions

Put-In (Martling Road)

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Put in at the Martling Road (CR 409) bridge, and check the gauge while you're there. You'll be tweezing through bushes for a few hundred yards, and probably dodging logs for the whole run, so make sure to think skinny thoughts!

1st Rapid

Class - III Mile - 0.2
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The first rapid you come to is a decent sized low angle slide, dropping maybe 20 feet in 40 yards. As of now there is a log at the bottom that you can just squeeze under at 6".

2nd Rapid

Class - III Mile - 0.5
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After some more boogie and tree/log dodging, the next rapid worthy of note is in a right hand horseshoe bend of the creek. Fairly simple, stay left around the outside of the turn. Easy scouting eddy on the right at the top.

Dry Creek Falls

Class - V Mile - 0.6
After some more boogie, the creek will neck down and quickly drop out of sight. Several eddies exist on the right, as well as an old wooden sign to warn you of imminent danger. Take one of the right eddies to scout. Portaging would be very difficult but is apparently possible, and setting safety would require a big hike.

The line is center-right the whole way down. A shelf extends through the entire left side at the bottom of the falls, and is quite painful to hit. The right side has a series of mogul-type bumps which break up the drop into less abusive pieces. Make sure to stay upright! Fortunately there's a big pool at the bottom.

Class IV Stuff

Class - IV Mile - 1
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According to AL WW, there's some good class IV buried in the gorge below the falls. We hiked out shortly after the big one due to a bad line, so no description for these yet. Will update when possible.

Lake Guntersville

Class - N/A Mile - 2.3
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Eventually you'll dump into Guntersville Lake. Hang a right when you get there, and paddle out to the boat ramp. You may want to do a roll or two, to wash the water off from Dry!


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Kellis Kincaid
1 year ago

We partially ran Dry on Feb 22, 2019, when the StreamBeam gauge on Short proper was holding at 7.8'. It had just quit raining, and the Dry gauge on the bridge was reading 6". This seemed like a great level, not too scrapey or pushy anywhere. Lots of wood down, but we were able to duck or avoid everything above the falls. Can't comment on the condition below the falls, as I had a bad line there and we had to hike out shortly after. Probably needs some chainsaw attention pretty badly. As a side note, some of the info on this page was associated with the Dry Creek in the Sauty watershed. I've tried to remove it where possible. Thanks.

Gage Descriptions

Based on Town (TVA), Got to be high and preferably rising

Directions Description

Put-in is where the creek cross under Martling Road (CR 409), the same road you use to put onto Short and Scarham. We parked in the grass on a side road near the bridge and were able to walk down to the creek.

Takeout is the same as for Short Creek, on AL 227 near the ranger station.

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