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Difficulty IV+
Length 2 Miles
Gauge Russell Fork Gorge
Flow Range 1000 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 36 minutes ago 582 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/02/2007 11:13 am

River Description

See reach #4155 Kentucky Grassy Creek for a detailed description of this super fun IV creek!

Good fun creekin. A few really tight drops and slides on the section below the Gateway Motel. It would be advisable to scout this section before running it due to the tight nature of the stream and lumber.
Russell Fork Gorge runners will recognize it as the state-line. It meets the Russell on river right about a half mile below Climax. The Kentucky end of the state-line train tunnel is just upstream (and 100ft above) on river left.

Rapid Descriptions


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11 years ago

I'm looking for people to paddle with in the RF area; send me an email!

Gage Descriptions

If the Russell Fork is running over 2000cfs at the Haysi Gauge (03208500), there's a good chance. If the Breaks Park rain gauge at IFLOWS is reading over 1.5", its running.

Directions Description

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.

Steve Ruth


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1193898 02/02/07 Steve Ruth n/a