Nantahala - 0) Kimsey Creek/Standing Indian CG to US 64


Nantahala, North Carolina, US

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0) Kimsey Creek/Standing Indian CG to US 64

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NANTAHALA RIVER NEAR RAINBOW SPRINGS, NC
usgs-03504000 400 - 5000 cfs II(III) 00h29m 227 cfs (too low)


River Description

Starting at the Standing Indian Campground you'll paddle through some low hanging Laurel. This is what the majority of the run is like. After about a mile and half you come to a MANDATORY PORTAGE around a fish barrier built by the National Forest. Directly below the strainer there is a pretty cool slide of maybe 15ft.

Below you'll pass the Rainbow Springs Campground on your right. Then you'll float under some rather large No Tresspassing signs. Try to stay in your boat from here until the bridge on US 64. Take-out under the bridge and quickly load your boats and get away from the river. I've heard about locals not being to friendly to users of "their" river.

For the lack of gradient and the risk of being arrested, I wouldn't recommend this run to anyone. There is a lot of slack water that takes time to pick through. There is one drop at the end of the run that is pretty cool. The river has been constricted and there is a sort of pour over.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-07-24 22:16:24

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