As of 3/27/05 most of all of Little Stony Creek has been cleared of strainers. The exceptions are: the lower portion of Chessboard, which contains two large ill-placed strainers, which necessitate a portage. They will be cleaned out at some future date when the water drops sufficiently to safely wade in with a chainsaw. Directly above the rapid called 'Manhole' is a blind, hard left turn lead-in drop. While cutting, a ten foot portion of a strainer log fell directly into the main line. It 'should' wash out with higher flows but it may simply migrate down into Manhole and create another hazard. Be sure to scout here. At the island rapid bear left down the high water channel. The stream course around the right side contains several strainers too dangerous to cut out at this time. A tree fell across the creek in the top part of the first big slide (Peelaway). At present there is enough room to safely slip under, however, the crown of this tree is hung up in hillside rhododendron so, with gravity and time, this will become an ill-placed strainer too. Fortunately this is easily boat scouted from the river left eddy just above the drop. Finally, the cobble bed outflow at Little Stony falls has seriously eroded down and broadened out, resulting in a shallower pool to land in. Be careful here to land only on the distinct aerated boil at the base of the falls.
GENERAL DISCLAIMER: Because trees will fall logs will migrate with higher flows, have someone hike the creekside trail (only 2 miles) back up to the falls putin while setting shuttle. This creek is notorious for ill-placed lumber.
Hi,When are they going to do this agian?I sure would love to watch this.If enyone know's please post.This is amazing...
Unfortunately the wet snows from winter 2010 loaded up this gem w/ big wood. Even the streamside trail is obstructed. It will likely take a flood and a multiple seasons before this run goes again.
I dont think i quite understand your question. But if your asking when someone is going to run the falls or the creek just wait for a big rain.
Ran it 3 times with Chris Harjes and Scott Harke on 6/5/03. Little Stony Falls might be the best 25 footer in the south east. The big one,however, is tough. It is an honest 30ft. drop. Hucked it on my first two runs. Definitely a one of the harder waterfalls to maintain a good angle on that I have run. Harjes ran it on our second run and clipped something about half way down. Needs good water to merit me becoming a repeat offender. Great creek.
The Gauge information given above is for the Powell River. If the Powell is 800 cfs and rising, there's a chance that Little Stony is running. Check the IFLOWS gauges for rainfall and check #1059 Robinson Knob in Wise County, VA. 1.5" will usually create 18-24 hours of flow. TheThe maximum flow is just a guess. -- Mostly it is a visual thing, if it looks like there is enough water in the first 1/8 mi. of rapids then there will be plenty of water for the entire run. If the Little Stony looks borderline, check out the Guest...there should be plenty of water there.
Like most little ones, this dog don't hunt unless there's been PLENTY of rain in the area.
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Last of the Slide Section
Big drop just above the last bridge
The Big Slide
Lead in to the big slide section
Entrance to Manhole
Dave @Hanging Rock
End of 2nd major slide
Little Stony- typical
Bill @ Mannhole
Mark @ Manhole
Little Stony Falls
Litle Stony Falls
Little Stoney Creek-Steve
Little Stoney Creek
Below Big Falls
Below Big Falls-Dave Duke
Little Stoney Falls
Little Stoney Falls-Dave Duke
Little Stoney Falls - Mark Blair
Big Falls - Eddy Out on Left to Portage
J.D. running Little Stoney Falls
Mark Blair - Manhole
Little Stoney Falls - Doug Arrington
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