Birch - Cora Brown Bridge to the confluence of Diatter Run

Birch, West Virginia, US


Cora Brown Bridge to the confluence of Diatter Run (Cora Brown Bridge to end of Smith Eddy)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 10.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 27 fpm
Max Gradient 45 fpm

Herold Shoals

Herold Shoals
Photo of WV Wildwater Club by Rob Johnson taken 04/03/01

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Elk River at Herold
noaa-hrlw2 4.00 - 6.00 ft I-III 01h31m 6.57 ft (too high)

River Description

An informal gauge is found on the pier of the Herold Bridge. Ideal conditions will show 5 blocks of stone. Current conditions are showing all 6 stone blocks @ June 7, 2001.

This section of river is included in the West Virginia Natural Streams Preservation Act. Although not included in the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, this section of Birch was studied in 1982 and met the criteria for induction. Local landowner indifference and lack of public land were the 2 reasons this section of Birch is not in the NWSRA. It has also been overlooked by the NRI. Currently, that situation is in the process of being remedied. Look at the website for additional information.

A take-out may be made at the bridge above Herold at 6.1 river miles.

Another take-out may be made downstream of the Herold bridge on river left. Parking is (limited) near cliff face when road starts going uphill and away from river. This makes for 7.4 river miles with some of the better class III rapids included. The take-out at Diatter Run may be made from river right or left depending on how much abuse your four-wheel drive shuttle vehicle is willing to take. If continuing from here it is an additional 6.9 miles of scenic but flat water paddling to the confluence with the Elk River.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-04-04 17:06:02


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 13 2016 (860 days ago)
tonydaniel (158575)
the current gauge that is linked to this page is way over in webster springs. The usgs currently
operates a gauge on the Birch at Herold (the takeout). On the Herold Gauge: 4 ft and below begins
to get scrapey, 4.5-5.0 is good for novices, at 6 feet the rapids start to link up with one another
and shore eddies become scarce. Keep your eyes open for wood on this run. The access to the river
for parking by the cliff is now heavily posted with no trespassing signs. We usually park near the
bridge in Herold and take out there without incident.