Little (Cape Fear trib) - Morrison Bridge to Ft.Bragg

Little (Cape Fear trib), North Carolina, US


Morrison Bridge to Ft.Bragg

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02102908 1.60 - 8.20 ft I 01h16m 1.16 ft (too low)

River Description

The only white water on this great little section of river is actually the remains of a busted hydro dam on the edge of Ft. Bragg. There is another dam that is intact which is a mandantory portage (on the left, preferably). Do NOT run the tailrace of this dam due to strainers which are usually hidden in the froth. Several drownings have occurred here, all swimmers as far as is known.

The putin on river right is semi-isolated, but no problems are known with vehicle tampering thus far.

The takeout is a metal temp-type bridge put into place by the US Army. Takeout on either side of river here, preference to the river left just past bridge. Do not block the roadway at the takeout as this is a place to park solely at the discretion of the government and we would hate to lose this jewel of black water, yet fast current, paddling.

This is a very 'under-paddled' river due to few even knowing about it. Nestled along the county lines of three counties and the sprawling military reservation, it is a great place to paddle with beginners and those looking for soilitude. As with small waterways, it is subject to treefalls, but last time paddled there was only one such mandatory portage. Several beautiful sandbars for lunches make this one trip to make especially when other rivers are too dry to paddle.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-07-30 18:39:03

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