One of the most dangerously undercut runs falling off of Waldens Ridge.
From Mark Cumnock: Soddy Creek Soddy Creek can be run when the Chick is high, BUT BEWARE it is probably the most dangerous run on the Ridge; it seems everything is undercut. Even the fun rapids have penalty points, and the mentality on the this run is “not if, but when.” Soddy can also be run VERY LOW--the undercuts are more exposed, but when others aren’t running this one will be. If it looks boney at the take out, you can still run it. A strong group with rescue skills is needed for this run. You need more that a throw bag to be safe. I always liked a strong group that you could count on. This is a good one to be in the mindset where it’s okay to walk some, get the run dialed in first then come back. Memorizing the lines on this one is very helpful. Did I mention it was undercut? Think Fist on the Russell Fork, and you get the idea.
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Compliments of Mark Cumnock
This run definitely lives up to its reputation for being dangerous. Did it today when the chick was around 400 cfs. Plenty of water, I'd say it runs more than the north chick, very channelized where the rapids are, of which there are many. Technical precision mandatory. It is VERY dangerous, but also really scenic, decent water quality, plenty of action, runs alot, classic other than the pucker factor. We will be back again and again.
From Clay Wright:
From Tony Robinson on Boatertalk:
Gauges were also installed on Big Soddy, Falling Water, and Woodcock creeks. The Big Soddy gauge is located on the Back Valley rd. bridge at the takeout. The Falling Water gauge is on the first bridge upstream of old Hwy 27. The Woodcock gauge is on the first road bridge upstream of Hwy. 127. There is no info yet on how these gauges coorelate to levels. "
The Big Soddy gauge is located on the Back Valley Rd. bridge at the takeout. A reasonable minimum is 4'. Runs when N. Chick is high (400 cfs or more).
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