Paint Creek - 3. Westerly (former coal yard) to Burnwell

Paint Creek, West Virginia, US


3. Westerly (former coal yard) to Burnwell

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 6.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 55 fpm
Max Gradient 95 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03198350 12.70 - 14.20 ft II-IV 00h50m 13.04 ft (running)

River Description

The steepest mile starts almost immediately from the put-in and includes a small waterfall (can scout while running shuttle) to the first overhead WV Turnpike bridge.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-09-22 15:53:22

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 4 2012 (2227 days ago)
brentsamples (155016)
11/3, culverts to the skitter creek bridge is clear of wood, from there down there is the
occasional tree to get around. roughly 300-400 yards above the "15 mile branch" takeout there are
three trees across the stream
April 13 2009 (3528 days ago)
Mike MowrerDetails
Ran the lower half of this section a couple days ago @ 12.4. Had just enough water to make it
interesting. The road makes a tight s turn around one of the interstate bridges. We put in here and
ran to the next small bridge. Really fun class 3-3+ section. Scouted two days later @ 13.8. TOTALY
differant creek. Much faster, but still class 3. Haven't run the first half of the lower, but gonna
try this week. Will try to get pics and video up as we run more. We will be out there a lot this
spring. The only problem is all of the STEEL. Be very careful near the bridges.
December 19 2008 (3643 days ago)
x (1)
This section is harder than the upstream and can have more trees because it is narrower. If the low
water bridge at Mossy is at the top then you will have good water. The waterfall is good to go and
the mile just below the falls has the most rapids and is fun. Not far into the "Mad" Mile there is
a boulder drop with a sieve on the right blank. I don't think a boat can go all way in but watch
swimmers here and stay with the main current. The sieve is formed by two rocks stacked up on the
right bank. Also watch for metal and debris around the interstate or other small bridges. It is
getting better each year but there is still some in there. There are lots of different takeouts.
This run is mostly class III but the rapids are close together and at high water you move fast so
swims could be long in some parts if it is high. Heath Damron

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