I ran into a television news crew with camera from Knoxville on 07/16/05 while running the BSF. They were doing a story on how the town of Onieda, TN pumps thier raw sewage straight into this creek. Just thought you might want to know.
The Big South Fork is a relatively poor indicator of what this creek is doing. All it says is what the region has as far as water. This creek has around a 12 square mile drainage, so if the rain fell here, it will go. Look for around 3/4 inch of rain as a minimum at the afws Onieda gauge. It holds for a whole day, better in the winter.
There is a USGS staff gauge a tenth of a mile above the BSF confluence on a river left wall. From the takeout walk along the creek untill you see it. It was done at 5.3 feet, which felt like a medium high level, with clean in between but some terminal holes. I would think a low minimum would be around 4.5, but post your trips so we can dial this one in. This reading is way more important than the BSF reading, unfortunately there is no online connection.
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Friendly Falls 1
Kamode Falls 3
Kamode Falls 2
Friendly Falls 2
Pine Creek Falls
Gordon Byrd at the Sinks
Dave Wilson at Twisted Maze
Gordon Byrd doing the hands thing.
Dave Wilson at the Second Drop of Friendly Falls
Omer Hall at Twist and Shout Rapid
Adam Thomas and the second Drop of Friendly Falls
Gordon Byrd at Friendly Falls
Gordon Byrd running Friendly Falls
Gordon Byrd at the top of Rocky Falls
Omer and Dave at Twist and Shout
Omer Hall running the second drop at Friendly Falls
Omer, Dave, and Adam take a break
Adam gives Omer a helping hand.
Omer Hall running a class 4 section of Pine Creek
Omer Hall getting sideways at Friendly Falls
Omer Hall at the top of Friendly Falls
Adam Thomas at the top of Friendly Falls
Adam Thomas running the Rock Garden
Class 5 Rapid
Adam Thomas running Friendly Falls
Adam gets free
Adam Thomas and his famous bow pin
Dave Wilson at Pine Creek
Dave Wilson running Pine Creek Falls
Omer Hall at Pine Creek Falls
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