Paint Creek - 2. Mossy to Westerly (former coal yard)

Paint Creek, West Virginia, US


2. Mossy to Westerly (former coal yard)

Usual Difficulty II-III+ (for normal flows)
Length 4.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 60 fpm
Max Gradient 80 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03198350 12.80 - 14.20 ft II-III+ 00h39m 13.24 ft (running)

River Description

The steepest mile is near the end and includes "Dreaded Drop" a irregular 8-10 slide. At higher water levels this drop can develop nasty hydraulics.
At higher water levels take caution approaching the take-out since a culvert bridge is immediately downstream and likes to collect debris.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-09-22 16:05:37

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 4 2012 (2264 days ago)
brentsamples (155016)
paddled both sections 11/3. the first mile is chocked full of wood. the stream opens up after this
and is clear through Dreaded Drop. Be alert of both islands in the first mile as well as for any
trees that could move. T
December 19 2008 (3680 days ago)
x (1)
The minimum for this run is top of the low water bridge at Mossy. Once you get off the interstate
turn left as you cross the bridge. The low water bridge is about 1/2 mile down right beside the
road. If the bridge is a hydraulic then you have really high water. This section has nice sloping
ledges and plenty of rapids. At the culverts get out on the right about 20 yards upstream. The
culverts are usually clogged. The next section downstream is a bit harder and more technical. But
most of it can be scouted from the road while running shuttle. Heath Damron