Cove Creek is an intimate little stream that is often used when nearby Cadron Creek is in flood (>6 feet). The put-in is at the base of Round Mountain and is easily reached from the bridge just west of Martinville on Highway 124. The first mile of the run may be a bit boney but Cedar and Batesville Creeks soon enter and add to the flow. Thereafter the creek enters a deep gorge and winds around Cove Mountain. High bluffs shelter several nice Class II shoals and playholes. Although the road (Highway 285) is high overhead it is out of sight and can't be heard -- all you experience is wilderness. As the stream leaves the gorge, it passes the Cove Creek Natural Heritage Area (on river right) where primitive camping is available. Cove Creek then enters Cadron Creek. From here you can paddle downstream and pass a waterfall plunging directly into Cadron Creek. Soon thereafter you'll see the Mallet Town bridge; however, the best take out is just opposite a waterfall where a gentle but muddy embankment leads to road running alongside a corn field. This is private property. Be discrete and leave no trash or evidence of your presence.
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