Tanyard Branch is really nothing more than a drainage ditch that happens to run through the same area as Sweetwater, Annewakee, Hurricane, and Mobley Creeks. The cool thing about Tanyard Branch is the extreme gradient and proximity to the road. This run is only about 1/3 to 1/2 mile long but it drops about 80 feet in that stretch. This is a run you can do multiple times in a day; there's a trail that goes up the side. You can get a good idea whether or not it's runnable by looking at the waterfall right by the road. If it looks like you could take a boat over, it's running. Look carefully at the base of this waterfall and make sure the culvert that goes under the road is clear of debris; you must go through this to take out on the other side. As long as that looks good, take a quick hike up the river left side to check for new logs or other hazards. I tried to clear this creek out recently. The run starts with a put-in in a swampy-looking area, it's kinda cool--you come out of the swamp and hit the 1st drop immediately, a 15 ft. drop/slide that you need to take on the right side to avoid breaking your ankles on the left. If it's really high (rare), you'll get washed over a 5-6 ft. ledge immediatley so be on your toes. If not, you'll be able to compose yourself and head off through the chute to the right which takes you around the drop. You'll get swept thru some class 3 stuff on the next 100 yds. quickly and you will have nowhere to stop before you get to the next drop. This drop is 8-10 feet and again, stay to the right or middle--left is sure pain. Then, there's about 100 yds. of swift class 2-3 with a heinous undercut on river left as soon as you can see the road; it's not hard to miss it, but you'd better miss it. Now it's time to set up for the waterfall. It's not vertical; it's best to take this one right over the middle but you'll be able to choose your own line when you first scout from the road. There will be no chance to scout from the creek so you need to know which line you're taking or have a buddy there to point it out as you scream by. Now just go through the culvert and take out on the other side. Repeat until dark.
8 years ago
by Dallas Shaw
This small creek takes a major rain event. Sweetwater Creek must be flooding or well on its way. The putin at Annewakee Creek needs to look scary.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Last falls above the bridge
Above the big one
Ledge below Jonathans
Looking down the big one
The big one
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