Elk River, Back Fork - 3. Big Sycamore (Breece) to Webster Springs

Elk River, Back Fork, West Virginia, US


3. Big Sycamore (Breece) to Webster Springs

Usual Difficulty II+ (for normal flows)
Length 5.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03194700 5.00 - 7.00 ft II+ 00h42m 4.33 ft (too low)

River Description

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-01-05 20:32:35

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 9 2009 (3571 days ago)
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Robert Farmer---I did this about 12 years ago, when I ran all 3 sections together, but, based on a
recent visit, I think there are 1 or 2 small ledges and then there is just a long, easy (but scenic
and twisty) float out, usually with a good current. It's probably perfect at calm levels for
beginners, but, at the time, I was getting impatient to take out. I seem to remember some
greenery-covered cliffs where the river bends in various places. These rivers, the Elk and the Back
Fork have intact watersheds, so the water is a very pretty, clear green---the Back Fork more-so
than the main Elk. So it is an unusually pretty river, with a quiet dirt road nearby for
access---what more could you want? Across the footbridge at the put-in, the sycamore tree there is
believed to be the largest in WV, perhaps more than 18 feet in circumference (?). We saw it from
the far side of the river, and it did look unusually large. Anyway, this section would make a nice
summer tubing trip, probably.
June 16 2008 (3868 days ago)
John DukeDetails
see the link for a video of this rum.......... http://youtube.com/watch?v=LfjIEr8tcY8
December 13 2004 (5148 days ago)
Jesse SweatDetails
got to look at this run on the way to the back fork section, would be a great lil run for beginers
or intermediates. At 6.4 it looked like almost constant 2+ rapids, perhaps a few class 3 due to the
wave sizes but looks like a fun lil rolercoaster ride with little manuvering required.