Scotts Creek - Willets-Ochre Hill to Addie

Scotts Creek, North Carolina, US


Willets-Ochre Hill to Addie

Usual Difficulty III-IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 2 Miles

The one with the tree...

The one with the tree...
Photo of Ben Bergen by Shane Williams @ med.

River Description

Trip Report on low water run down Scott's Creek in WNC

From: BoaterTalk
Date: Oct 18 2004, 2:33 GMT
From: waterwagon

After an initial road scouting a friend and I decided to take a low water run down Scott's Creek in Jackson County, NC. I am sure this section has probably been run, but have never heard any locals talk about it. So after a short shuttle, we put onto the creek approximately a half mile above the first gorge. As the creek began to constrict the seemingly minimal water was sufficient enough to float without much scraping. As we rounded the first corner we were pleasantly suprised to see that the creek remained constricted with new horizon lines around each corner. Although the section we ran was fairly short, approximately 1.5 miles, it was packed with action. For the most part it was class 3-4 with at least one 5. There is some wood but with the exception of one rapid was mostly fairly benignly placed. All in all a great day despite the low water. This section would be a blast with just a little more water, very technical mostly boulder drops. The biggest drop is probably less than ten feet but all are very tight.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-12-08 15:21:39

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 7 2008 (3731 days ago)
Kevin WilliamsDetails
Two of my friends and I ran this creek on Sat. April, 5th 2008. It was an exciting run. We were
verry excited that there is a creek this close to WCU. It isnt extremly difficult I would say it is
at the most a class 4 run. Scouting drops is mandatory for the large amounts of wood. The first
thing you will notice is the trash all over the place. It seems that the local people just dump
their garbage right on the banks of the creek. Maybe with a little help from local paddlers and
organizations we could get this creek cleaned up. With all the wood cleaned out and trash gone this
run would be amazing for locals. The run took us about and hour and a half.
February 29 2008 (3768 days ago)
Thomas WilliamsDetails
I have yet to run it, but my family does have a house up the road and I have spent some time both
scouting and cleaning up Scotts Creek. Sadly, this creek is a local dumping site. During the summer
of 2007 we, with help from Shane of the Dillsboro River Company, and WATR, pulled a lot of trash
from the bank. We discovered general trash, paint, tires, tons of other crap, and the carcasses of
two dead dogs. However we did not get all of the trash out of there and the creek still needs work.
As of the Summer of 2007 the last rapid still has a log in the main drop. Its up to you whether or
not its runnable. The rest of the creek seemed to be clear from the road, but, once again, it is up
to your discretion to take notice of this when setting shuttle. The main page description of the
creek is spot on - technical and very tight. I personally think this creek has the potential to be
a great local run for those in Dillsboro and Sylva after some serious cleaning up.
November 29 2006 (4225 days ago)
StevenPeoples (144580)
Whats up this is Steven Peoples I just wanted to comment that me and a few of my homies "Ryan,
JayJay, and Daniel" recently went down to scotts creek to clear a nsaty little log jam in the mini
gorge section of this creek along with a few others upstream. After about 5-6 hours of good work
and a good low water run I must say that this creek has got some sweet boofs! Now ladies and gents
fire id up!!!!

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