Beech Fork - Rubble Dam at 31E Bridge

Beech Fork, Kentucky, US


Rubble Dam at 31E Bridge (Bardstown Boaters Whitewater Park)

Usual Difficulty III+ (for normal flows)
Length 0.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 6 fpm
Max Gradient 6 fpm

Bardstown Boaters Whitewater Park

Bardstown Boaters Whitewater Park
Photo by Spalding Hurst taken 10/31/15 @ 380 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03301000 100 - 9999 cfs III+ 01h09m 787 cfs (running)

River Description

An extremely winding river, Beech Fork is runnable from November to early June. Treelined and having mud banks of varying steepness while flowing over a mud bottom, the Beech Fork snakes through modest knobs, past distilleries, and on to the broad, gently rolling farm plains of Boston. Other hazards to navigation include numerous brush islands, deadfall, and some logjams.

Currently the Bardstown Boaters are working with the City of Bardstown on getting a whitewater feature created at the rubble dam of the Beech Fork. You can learn more about this effort at the Whitewater Park Section of the Bardstown Boaters website.

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StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-11-18 21:40:06


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Bardstown Boaters Whitewater ParkIII+Putin Takeout Access Portage Hazard Playspot Photo Video

Rapid Descriptions

Bardstown Boaters Whitewater Park (Class III+, Mile 0.1)
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Rubble Dam

Rubble Dam
Photo of Future Whitewater Park by Spalding Hurst taken 2/05 @ 700cfs

A collapsed boulder dam one-quarter mile past the US 31E bridge constitutes a Class III+ run with an overall drop of five feet. This rapid can be safely run but changes incredibly with varying water levels and should always be scouted. The rapid is dominated by a vault-sized boulder right in the middle of the river at the bottom of a four-foot drop. To its left (as you look downstream) is a mean hole, particularly at higher water levels. When the water is up there is a nice route on the far left, otherwise, choose your own poison or carry around.

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