Buffalo Creek (Elk trib) - 2. Cressmont to Clay

Buffalo Creek (Elk trib), West Virginia, US


2. Cressmont to Clay

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 8.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 15 fpm
Max Gradient 20 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03194700 6.20 - 9.00 ft I-II 00h40m 4.36 ft (too low)

River Description

There is a large concrete culvert bridge shortly below the confluence of Lilly Fork and about one mile from the confluence of the Elk River. The river-left vehicle approach to this bridge has been washed out and there is a twisty 4-5 foot drop among the boulders with no danger of rebar. This is also a suitable take-out since the scenery and gradient downstream to Clay is minimal.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-10-31 10:37:14

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 14 2016 (818 days ago)
tonydaniel (158575)
this stream was hit hard by the 2016 flood. The river bed is somewhat "scoured". Trees were bent
over and snapped along both shores for most of the eight miles. A better gauge to use is the USGS
Herold gauge located on the BirchRriver (but not currently linked to AW) . Buffalo creek typically
runs if the Birch River is at least 5 feet at Herold. the culvert dam has gotten easier and more
open since the flood, stay left of center and you'll see multiple lines to run

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