Calloway Creek - Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles)

Calloway Creek, Kentucky, US


Confluence of Smith Fork to KY River (2.5 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 70 fpm

Calloway drop.

Calloway drop.
Photo of Donny Wilson by Dale Perry taken 01/15/04 @ low

River Description

Note: This creek is also refered to in some publications as "Galloway" Creek.

Calloway Creek was first run in 2002, and boasts numerous non-stop steep, vertical and chaotic class IV slide-style rapids through a spectacular high walled canyon. There are 2 swinging fences that alert paddlers may be able to pass under (depending upon flow levels) and (at this writing, 03.20.03) 2 river wide tree strainers that should be portaged.

First time paddlers of Calloway should posess good boat scouting skills or be following a Calloway veteran as there are numerous horizion lines with poor bank scouting possibilities.

Barry Grimes

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-06-18 18:57:59


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 24 2007 (3740 days ago)
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calloway can be run really low. my buddy dagger dave and I once went there and he would not take no
for an answer even though I thought it was way too low way way way too low like 250? cfs. the first
half mile was a bad scrapper, real bad and I was real pissed off to be beating the hell out of my
boat. there are two cattle gate fences that come up and are easly avoided, after the second gate
the creek gets so steep that almost no water is required. steep blind turns log flume style banks
appear so tight, like 2-3 feet wide, that 50 cfs is enough to float through the trough. I would not
want to be here at really high water plain and simple. Take this creek seriously.

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