Rock Creek - County Rd 200s to 150s (1.75 miles)

Rock Creek, Indiana, US


County Rd 200s to 150s (1.75 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 1.75 Miles
Avg. Gradient 18 fpm
Max Gradient 24 fpm

First Wave

First Wave
Photo of Brian Koontz by Jay Koontz taken 10/13/01

River Description

This is a small creek with some small rapids (mostly class 1+ except at high water) and having a rock bottom and rock banks. The current is fast all the way so if you don't stop to play it is a short fast run. At low to medium levels this is a good beginner stream, having some small waves to surf, eddies to catch, and a few rocks to dodge. At high flows it gets pushy with nice-sized waves and eddies along the banks, however at such flows one must watch out for trees. The creek runs through a woods which is public property.

This makes a good warm up for the bigger rapids on the Wabash and, quite conveniently, has the same take out. (If you have three vehicles, each of which can handle all boats and boaters, you could meet at take-out, leaving two vehicles, drive one vehicle up to put-in for this run, boat down, load into a second vehicle and drive to put-in for the Wabash, boat down, then load into final vehicle to drive and retrieve the other two shuttle vehicles!)

On March 15, 2008 there were two trees down. The first is after you run the third small ledge and you come to an island. Take the right side, as there is a tree blocking most of the left side. Downstream a bit there is also a tree on the right. At low-to-moderate flows it is easy to see (if you watch for it) and run to the left. At high water this can be mostly under water and hard to spot.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-01-29 18:40:41


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage: ~94 sq.mi.N/A
0.5Eddy TurnIPlayspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~94 sq.mi. (Class N/A)

Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 94 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).

Eddy Turn (Class I, Mile 0.5)


Photo of Brian Koontz by Jay Koontz taken 10/13/01

A small drop along a rock face. Catch the top left eddy peal out,run the drop,catch the bottom left eddy. Ferry across to the river right eddy and go up and ferry across to the top left eddy again.

User Comments

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September 21 2014 (1583 days ago)
jstruble (156583)
Ran today 9-22-14 with my son and a couple frinds for the first time. Wabash Markle guage was
around. 800-900 and it was a nice run, good water level. Was just up to the banks in spots. Good
waves and continuous flow. A few nice play spots. Easy put in and take out (both on public land).
You could lap this easily many times. We ran this then the wabash which shares the same take out.
No major hazards. All channels were passable. The tree on the left of that island is easily seen
and easy to avoid.