Pigeon, West Fork - 3. Along Hwy 215


Pigeon, West Fork, North Carolina, US

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3. Along Hwy 215

Usual Difficulty IV-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 200 fpm

Detention Center


Detention Center
Photo of Beau Van Note by Chris McFadden taken 09/10/04 @ 450cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
W F PIGEON R ABOVE LAKE LOGAN NR HAZELWOOD, NC
usgs-03455500 250 - 1000 cfs IV-V(V+) 01h08m 56.5 cfs (too low)


River Description

 

 

Steep class V creek with clear water and rock jumbles galore.

The first mile or so is class IV-V rock bouncing. The river picks up a cleaner class IV-V character below detention center and continues with that character until the last mile where it turns into class III boogie. 

Chris Bell's Asheville Area Boating Beta Page probably has the best info on the run.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-01-09 09:47:59

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0PutinPutin Photo
0.8Detention CenterPhoto
2.2Haywood County JailPhoto
2.3PortagePortage Hazard Photo
4.0Take OutTakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Putin

Put-in

Put-in
Photo of Adam Hackenberg by Mac McGee taken 01/07/09 @ 430 cfs


Detention Center

Detention Center

Detention Center
Photo of Unknown by Chris McFadden taken 09/10/04 @ 450cfs

Scout on left. Run right to left, the bottom drop is a confusing hole that will detain. The next drop down has an undercut on left.

Haywood County Jail

Haywood County Jail

Haywood County Jail
Photo of Unknown by Chris McFadden taken 09/10/04 @ 450cfs

Waterfall coming in on the left just before this three stager. Complete with a tricky notch center drop.

Portage

Log Sieve Rapid

Log Sieve Rapid
Photo by Mac McGee taken 01/07/09 @ 430 cfs

An old growth long embedded into the rapid makes for one mean sieve. Waterfall coming in on right, portage left. The rapid below this has a stout hole.

Take Out
Confluence of Middle Prong and West Fork of the Pigeon.


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