Buckhorn Creek - Highway 42 to Buckhorn Dam Rd.

Buckhorn Creek, North Carolina, US


Highway 42 to Buckhorn Dam Rd.

Usual Difficulty I(II) (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02102192 100 - 3000 cfs I(II) 00h18m 131 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Very short stream with surprising gradient for length. Takeout on dirt road that approaches Buckhorn Dam. Creek continues on into confluence with mainstem of Cape Fear River. Area is famous for deer and turkey hunting , sometimes during in and out of season, and also many horse lovers ride the many trails in this semi-remote area. Stream is subject to bank to bank strainers. Very, very underpaddled stretch of water to be so close to heart of Carolina Canoe Club domain.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-06-30 13:53:13

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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December 7 2009 (3326 days ago)
lescott (151302)
Pay no attention to the take-out specified by the Streamkeeper. There is no Route 1921 takeout to
Buckhorn Creek. It dumps you into the Fear about a mile+ below 1921 and you cannot paddle up the
half-mile of Buckhorn Dam rapids. The only way back is a mile+ towpath full of ditches and puddles
and some bulldozer intrusions. Fortunately, I made it out just at dark...........................
There is only set of rapids, class 2, with surfing holes-- right at the end. Otherwise, I portaged
three times for strainers...I did notice a marsh area river right just before the confluence. It
may be possible to paddle through the marshes and back to 1921. If that is true, the next time I
go, I will put in on 1921, a half-mile from Buckhorn Dam, play in the only rapids on the river,
skip strainers and paddle back via the marsh where I will cross the towpath and put in at the Dam
and play in Buckhorn Falls, a half-mile of class 2-3 surfing holes, then paddle back through the
marsh again. le scott, Dec 09