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Difficulty III-IV+(V)
Length 1.5 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 11/15/2003 12:52 am

River Description

Pine Creek - drains into the Center Hill Resevoir just south of Smithville.

Put in: From Smithville, 3-4 mi on hwy 56 South then L on Keltonburg RD (288) to L on Big Rock Rd.
From RI: follow 287 north pass the park and R on 288, follow several (7?) miles to R on Big Rock RdTo R on Pine Falls Rd, bear left at fork to dead end. Cross fence on foot and find falls down hill.
Take Out. Back out to Big Rock Rd, R and cross creek, check level, R on Four Season's rd. 2-3 mi look for small rd veering off to rt in front of trailer. Bear rt. down hill at gate.
Kinda rugged, but not bad to top of big steep down-hill. I park here and walk up the steep section.
This road will be the first real road you see on left when paddling out.

Pine Creek Falls - 30' with roll-off.
Need LOTS of water for soft landing but sweet even when flooding
(unlike the rest of the creek).

3 slidey class III-IV (V) cascades follow and the walls narrow down into tight-walled canyon.
At low flow, walk back up and out for a 'no shuttle' day!
(Make sure scout the walk- up before you drop into the last rapid, L-R ferry required and vert walls below here)

Below this nozzle and mini-ampitheater, the rapids mellow to class 2 but vertical canyon walls stay constricted for 1/2 mi. Scenic place.
1/2 mi lake paddle to dirt road on L with a steep 200 yd hill.

Perfect "rained all day while we surfed Rock Island" kinda run.

Rapid Descriptions


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clay wright
10 years ago

Middle of Falls fell in! We ran mostly right and a few mid left at 1' and had one bottom-hit off the left side. Fence and house being built near falls, so put in at Big Rock Rd bridge (scrapey under 6'') and be courteous of campers at Falls. The last rapid 'Ampitheater' packs a stiff hole at the bottom that is not portagable at this level. The first boater through can set safety below on river left for the hole. I would go in higher next time, but with caution ready to hike back up to the falls.

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clay wright
12 years ago

New ownership! Fence and house being built near falls, so put in at gauge bridge (scrapey under 6'') and be courteous of campers at Falls.

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clay wright
15 years ago

To take-out:
1.5 miles past bridge take a Right
2.5 mi down that turn Right on Prater
bear right down dirt road at gate, follow to top of steeps - park and check road quality to lake take-out.

Falls - consider 6" minimum, but has been run down to 0" (scrapey, not soft).

Perhaps 1' max for the gorge run.

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16 years ago

Elevation at the bridge is about 860. Lake is about 650. 1.5 miles.

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Gage Descriptions

Day of 1"+ winter rain or day after 2" +
If it isn't too scrapey at Big Rock Road bridge you can probably get down it.
If there are waves and water in trees
huck falls repeatedly, as the gorge may be too much.



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