Shuttle: Take WV 16 south of Hartland to Bickmore. Turn left on Fola Road (CR 17), then shortly thereafter bear left on Leatherwood Road and follow down off of the ridge to the confluence of Leatherwood Creek with its Right Fork. Description: This is oil and gas country. Many pipelines cross the creek. At low paddleable levels 2-4 portages may have to be made. A higher levels it requires a paddler to pay close attention to barely submerged pipelines. Not to be confused with the III-IV run in Webster County.
The Webster Springs gauge is many miles upstream and above the Sutton Reservoir. Thus this gauge can only be used as a rough indicator of paddling conditions.
Best advice is if you hang up on the small rapid immediately below the put-in it is to low to paddle. If you scrape it will be a low water run. If no scraping a paddler will have plenty of water
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