Laurel Run - CR 2 bridge to confluence with Big Sandy Creek

Laurel Run, West Virginia, US


CR 2 bridge to confluence with Big Sandy Creek

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 5.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 35 fpm

Laurel ledge boof

Laurel ledge boof
Photo of Kevin Davis by Robert Stevens taken 04/26/03 @ 5.9

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03070500 7.00 - 9.00 ft II-III(IV) 01h15m 5.98 ft (too low)

River Description

Paddlers doing this run will have to do 1.3 miles of the Big Sandy down to the Rockville bridge at beefy flows.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-11-07 22:16:12


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 10 2012 (2261 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
After many years of looking at this on my infrequent forays onto the upper Big Sandy, I finally
found a day when the creek was running and my skills/motivation were inversely proportional to the
water levels, prompting me to look for something laid-back to do, in the way of exploring new
terrain. I put in at the bridge on the frontage road that runs alongside I-68, after securing
permission from the caretaker, and proceeded downstream. The level was 6.1 at Rockville on the
lower Big Sandy. I found one log portage. Next, I think I portaged a gravel bar, due to low water.
Then there was a mile or maybe two where the river was enjoyable Class 1-2, until a quarter mile
before the end, where a few nice surfing waves form before the final 4-foot waterfall into the
upper Big Sandy. The Upper Big Sandy felt quite pushy after Laurel Run! There was a substantial
logging scar on river right starting at a small bridge and continuing nearly to the Big Sandy,
which unfortunately ruined much of the formerly-very beautiful forest of possibly old-growth, very
large trees, where I had camped in earlier years. Still, it's a nice run for beginners when
everything else will be too high, as long as they can handle the lower part of the Upper Big Sandy.
Alternatively, if you have sufficient energy, you might want to take out from the upper Big Sandy
and carry your boat a few hundred feet upstream to surf and play a little bit and to run the final
waterfall, if you just have tons of energy to burn.

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