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Difficulty IV-V+
Length 5.6 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 second ago N/A
Reach Info Last Updated 02/11/2020 9:34 pm

River Description

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.

 To know more about this creek 

 Below is a Dropbox Link to the WaldensRidgeWhiteWater Guidebook

Compliments of Mark Cumnock 

Rapid Descriptions


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Kirk Eddlemon
10 years ago

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.

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16 years ago

From Clay Wright:


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18 years ago

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. "

Gage Descriptions

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).

Directions Description

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214343 02/11/20 mark cumnock updated description
1198253 09/27/10 mark cumnock removed gauge info since rednecks destroyed paddlers gauge
1193369 02/21/04 n/a n/a
1197902 07/04/10 Matt Muir Restored description which had been deleted; added abstract and gauge.