Lamington, New Jersey, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||71 fpm|
|Max Gradient||100 fpm|
|Lamington (Black) River near Pottersville NJ|
|usgs-01399500||160 - 500 cfs||III-IV||00h23m||91 cfs (too low)|
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.3||6 foot falls|
A 2 foot ledge which drops from river right to river left. It comes up a short distance below a hikers' foot bridge and signals the beginning of the whitewater.
Other than the dam (Kay Falls), this is the highest individual drop on the run. It's a straight forward slide/falls into a pool. The pool below is the beginning of the pond (from the Kay falls dam) and it collects wood at times. Scout.
This is an old stone dam. At the right water level you can run it in the center. Scout on the left.
Just after the ripples below Kay Falls Dam, you get to the top of Eddy Hop. Scouting may be a little easier on the left, but either is possible. Because the pond above catches much of the lumber, this usually isn't as strainer laden, but still, scout.
After a messy little rock pile ledge, the creek goes around a large rock (10' high?). The creek goes left around the rock. The photo shows the smaller ledge which precedes Big Rock in the distance. The big rock is just left of the photo.
There used to be a dam below Big Rock and above the bridge. consequently, the banks are steep dirt (sediment), and there is a rocky rapid/riffle just upstream of the bridge. This is also a location which has picked up wood at times.
Shortly after the bridge, the creek drops over a small (3') ledge into a pool. The ledge is at a constriction of the creek with a boulder on river right and the river bank on river left. The pool is man made ( it was originally for swimming) and has a short (3' ?) dam at the end of it. This is all well and good, except that there is a hole in the bottom of the dam. If it's clear (sometimes it's blocked) and water is draining through it, it's about the right size for the first half of a swimmer to go through and then get stuck. Try not to swim here.
This rapid is named for the picnic table on river right. When the river disappears to the right behind a big rock, get out on the right to scout.
This side of the island is a little steeper because of wood forming a dam between the rocks. It's also a little tighter. Scout from the island or the top of the big rock (if you can safely get onto it).
This side isn't as tight or steep, but has been choked with wood at times in the past. Scout from the island.
You'll know when this is coming up as you'll see a small red house perched above the creek on river right. Take out on river left to scout. This Rapid is actually pretty cool, but there's a nasty looking rock on the left in the finish drop, hence the name. You won't see it very well unless the water is fairly low.
This is a nice finale to this pretty little run. After you run (or carry) Nasty, the river turns left away from the road, then right, then left again (parallel to the road). Get out on the left to scout. Finale is a simple drop, but the two rocks on either side would make the hole hard to get out of at certain levels.