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.
Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 94 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).
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.
My son and I ran the river on June 20, 2014. Water level was high after recent rains. There were no trees blocking the river. It was short and fast and fun.
Visual. Good after heavy rains. If the Wabash is up, check county road 200 S bridge. If the creek upstream of the bridge looks good, try it.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Put in. Take the Markle exit (224) off I-69 and go East, turn right on 116 and go to 4-way stop turn right on HY 3 and go south, the third road is County RD 200 S turn right and put in at the first bridge. Park on the right side of the road before you cross the bridge.
Take out. Go north on HY-3 to County RD 150 S and turn left, go to the end of this road and you will come to the Wabash, Rock Creek comes in just to the left.
Nice fall day
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