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Difficulty IV-V+
Length 2 Miles
Flow Range 10000 - 50000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 8 hours ago 3020 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/07/2007 5:07 pm

River Description

Cove Creek has some SERIOUS lumber situations as of the current moment. Most of the creek is clean and portions are runnable in between massive logjams. The creek has been altered by severe flooding and major landslides over the last two years. Keep a check here for updated info on Cove Creek as it comes along.
This is one of those runs that requires a DECENT hike to reach the put in. The hike can get quite confusing due to several ATV trails here that spread out across the forest. It isn't a bad idea to stash the boats and check out the run before putting on. Things can get out of control quick on this creek, when in doubt scout. There are several manky slide combos on the run along with equally manky boulder gardens that change constantly with the flooding. This run drops ~750' in approx 2 miles, making for an average of 375'/mile
The BIG drops are in between where the trail and creek cross paths, there is usually an eddy to stop in where the trail meets the creek. There are two or three drops in particular that deserve attention. Get out here and walk down and check out what you are about to get into. If it doesn't look good, shoulder the boat until things look better. Or turn around and head back to the car.
Most of the drops are scoutable on the way in from the bottom at the Stinking Creek confluence. The best run is from the second crossing upstream back to the confluence.

Be respectful of the folks living downstream of the takeout. Keep the music down, keep the beer in the cooler, and be discreet when changing clothes.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

This is a new gauge, don't have exact flow patterns yet, so if you make a run on this reach, post the level, date, and time of your run here.
An indicator of rainfall in the area can be found at
Maple Gap #1034
This gauge is located at the head of Cove Creek.

During the Fall/Winter/Spring look for 1.5"+ of rainfall. During Summer months look for upward of 2" of rainfall for a run.
Also the
Powell @ Big Stone Gap gauge can be used to determine water level. Look for 1500cfs and rising.

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.

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.



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1193463 02/07/07 MtnFork1 n/a