Difficulty II-IV
Length 3.5 Miles
Gauge South B Rockaway Creek at Whitehouse Station NJ
Flow Range 50 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 6.15 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/07/2019 3:19 pm

River Description


Definitely short creek boat country here, this stream is tiny and tight. It takes a heavy rain to bring it up, and it won't hold water for more than a day. But if it's running, then there are also other things running within a few minutes drive. South Branch Raritan (5 min away), Black (15 min away), Lockatong and Wickecheoke Creeks (40 min away). It's a short run, hit it first, and then go hit something else.
Watch for strainers! this creek is small. There is a low water bridge 1/3 mile into run. It will have only 8" clearance (or less) under it when the creek is running low. Eddy on river right or left above, and carry. Watch for a red wooden building on river left as a warning. At high water (over 400cfs and rising) this bridge will probably be under water and will look like a ledge. At this same water level, some of the other bridges will be very hard to squeeze under as well. Especially the one downstream of Guinea Hollow Cr. and upstream of Mountainville

This generally runs in March or after any very hard rain. 

The gauge on the South Branch of Rockaway Creek at whitehouse Station (USGS#01399670) should be over 50 cfs and rising. If it is over 200 and going straight up then you're in for treat. 
Secondary Gauge: South Br. Raritan River at High Bridge (USGS # 01396500) should be at 7.6'/460cfs and rising straight up. 
Use this gauge if the primary gauge is steady at over 300cfs. (The Reservoir might be dumping water.)

Put-in.

There are a few options for put-ins. I would now suggest putting in onto Guinea Hollow Cr. (on river left, just downstream of the bridge) You should be able to get away with parking along Guinea Hollow Rd.

All of the land along this run is private (except for the section which runs behind Sawmill Elementary Sch.) so be discreet when parking, scouting and accessing the run.

As is generally the rule, try to access where the road is very close to the creek (a few feet) or where a bridge crosses.

Take out (if you want to have one last drop) at the broken dam at McCrea Mill, or (to eliminate the relatively flat last mile) alongside the road on river left, just upstream of a bridge, about a mile upstream of the dam. Just look for an unposted gravel spot along the road, close to the water.

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Gage Descriptions

This generally runs in March or after a very hard rain onto damp ground.

The SB Rockaway Creek gauge should be 50 cfs and rising.
If it is over 200 and going straight up then you're in for treat.

Secondary Gauge: South Br. Raritan River at High Bridge (USGS # 01396500) should be at 7.6'/460cfs and rising straight up.

On site gauge: River right bridge abutment, upstream side, on Rt. 523 just South of Rt. 78. It should be at 3.8'

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