Roaring Creek - New Harmony Rd to Brayton Mountain Rd (Montague)


Roaring Creek, Tennessee, US

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New Harmony Rd to Brayton Mountain Rd (Montague)

Usual Difficulty III-IV+(V) (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 126 fpm
Max Gradient 220 fpm


River Description

Roaring needs a good 1.25” inch of rain in winter (Nov.-Mar.), or 1.5”-2” of rain in the summer.

There's a gage at the bridge in Montague.

This stream has one Class 5 rapid called "Fuzzy Bunny." Lots of good boaters are happy to walk this one.



 

Roaring Creek:

The creek can be seen on the video "Falling Off Walden's Ridge. It was first run by Micheal Cawood (OC-1), Jeff Richards, (OC-1), Steve Smith, and myself.

This one drops quickly with it's water. I have put on with the water too high, and watched it drop while paddling to the takeout. Roaring is a good creek run on the Ridge that might not kill you. A run for the jaded creeker and beginning creeker to make a run together, if you are hair boater you won't be slumming here. If you are trying to paddle harder runs before you tackle, say, Little Possum, Roaring is for you.

Roaring Creek makes the local news a lot for flooding the local trailers. And it's in danger on becoming a candidate from the state for "stream improvement." "Improvement" is the new buzzword. Another problem for Roaring is that the clear-cutting and Mountain Stone Mining have hurt the headwaters. It didn't used to drop as quickly.

The first rapid is is a fast slide beside a cliff--paddle hard here, because it gives you the flavor of what's coming. The first major rapid is Crunch-n-Munch. Munch can be walked on river right; it's the first solid Class IV. After Munch, the pool/drop nature of the run kicks in. Here the jaded creeker can teach boat scouting to his up-and-coming buddy.

Once the gorge becomes more defined, your concentration level needs to pick up. The rapids are now solid Class IV, and you will be dealing with drops and eddies, then a slide comes up. Eddy out and scout on the river left. The major rapid here is Polecat, named after a local swimming hole. Know where this at! Polecat is a drop that lands on a clamshell-looking rock shelf. You need to know this because.......

Fuzzy Bunny is coming up; you will notice that the river is going river right. The valley will start to appear, take your time, and scout on river left. The less mortal will get their rear end handed to them here.

A little history here: I thought Fuzzy Bunny would be a cool name for a sic rapid. The second trip paid off. We boat scouted and then yelled, for the group to: "Get out and scout, mandatory scout". I'm asked "What's coming up" I yell back (and you can see this coming, right?) "FUZZY BUNNY" !!! I  loved the look I always got.......It was a Kodak moment every time.

Roaring can be run at extremely high levels , and if the others around are too high, this is the place to be. The nature of the run completely changes and reminds me of a West Virginia run.

Please note that the put-in is on Shaver Road. The Shaver family owns the property there. Be extremely professional here. Yes Sir, and No Sir will be your passport. If you lucked out, the gate for the Mountain Stone company will be open , and they will let you park there.

The take out: Hmmmmm...if the bar is open, park there. Trust me: the owners are cool, they want to hear about the run, and it is a good place to get warm. If you make friends you may get a phone number to see if Roaring is running for next time..

Mark Cumnock

 

For more information please click on the link below:

 

http://www.waldensridgewhitewater.com/waldensridge/RoaringCreek.htm


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Last Updated: 2010-09-27 15:25:10

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April 2 2005 (4584 days ago)
Alex ZendelDetails
We ran it today, 4/2/05, with the gauge at the take-out reading just below 2 feet. We all agreed
that more water would be better. We attempted the Shaver's Road put-in, but the gate at the mine
was locked and I don't think I've ever seen more 'no trespassing signs' in one location in my life.
We put on at the New Harmony Road bridge and paddled a lot of flatwater with several log jam
portages.

The run slowly progresses from Class 0 to Class I to Class II and finally reaches many Class III
low angle slides that would probably be fun with more water. Things start picking up to Class IV
and a major landslide on RR will indicate that you're getting much closer to the meat of the gorge.
Fuzzy Bunny can definitely sneak up on you - if we hadn't have been out of our boats to portage a
tree, we may have drifted into it. Scout everything you can't see after you pass the landslide.
There's a very fun looking two stage drop just below the bunny that reminded me of a miniature
'Double Trouble' on Colorado's Big South (http://www.americanwhitewater.org/rivers/id/365/). But
there was a large log at the bottom with all of the water pushing into it. Had to walk. Only a
chainsaw or an extreme act of god will move this log of about 3 feet in diameter. After a few more
class IV's the creek lightens up and then you're at the car. Had fun and would love to do it again
with more water. Hair boaters would probably be bored on this run. The water dropped from 2 feet to
1.5 feet in the six hours we were on the creek.
February 23 2004 (4988 days ago)
BradRDetails
From Clay Wright:
Roaring:
Some fun play waves when high, but Fuzzy Bunny is very dangerous. Miss the scout and you're
done.
September 4 2001 (5890 days ago)
Stephen HuntDetails
Logs permitting, there's a fun 'cheat' to "Fuzzy Bunny". Start river right and then work
to the left side of the island splitting the flow for two cool ledges.


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