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Difficulty I
Length 8 Miles
Flow Range 1.60 - 8.20 FT
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 1.03 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/30/2004 6:39 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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Jacer Pacer
9 months ago

There were many many trees that had fallen and were blocking the river. We had to portage over or around many trees. A lot of trash in the beginning too. Florence left a lot of damage.

Gage Descriptions

The cited gauge is a small feeder creek about midway down this section. As such it is useful as a "guesstimation tool".

A NOAA gage can be accessed on the web for sections further down (on the other side of the restricted zone) but they are subject to influence from a series of dams that serve the military community on Bragg and Pope. Neither come into play since the takeout is mandatory before entering the guarded security zone around the military bases.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
2010-10-13 High Fatality Other Read More




Matt Muir


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