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Difficulty V+
Length 1 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 11/03/2010 1:22 pm

River Description

It's really class 6.

Only run by one person as of this writing in 2005. That would be Chip Collins. Lots of folks have looked at it, but most keep on driving on by.


Check it out in Leland's North Carolina Rivers and Creeks. If Leland and other testosterone-laden creekers don't have a good feeling about running it, very few people will.


Lat/longitude coords are approximate. You're not really thinking of running this, are you?

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Michael Ferraro
1 year ago

Ryan Mcavoy and I did another full descent in November of 2018. We had to portage once for wood though.

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Eli Peter Dowler
2 years ago

Pat Keller and Ryan Macavoy just did another descent of this no problems. Happened on May 19, 2018 as I believe.

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11 years ago

If anyone has pictures of this with water or any information on it please tell me.

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11 years ago

I think he did it about a dozen times, and I'm pretty sure that once you start moving, you can't get out to portage. Oh yeah, he ran it in an inflatable ducky too....

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12 years ago

Who is this Chip Collins and how in the world did he survive? Where did he start and take out? Any rapids walked etc.

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A Close Look at Cheoah River Fatalities

Charlie Walbridge

The recent death of Chris Clark at Python Rapid on North Carolina's Cheoah River is the third at this site in the last six years. In each case, the person who died was an expert paddler and their paddling partners did not see exactly what happened. Let's take a close look at the Cheoah below Bear Creek Falls and develop strategies for future runs. The river here is very fast and continuous. After a fast lead-in (Chaos), the river drops over Bear Creek Falls, a 12' drop. Below, most of the flow pushes toward the river right channel (Python). Ferrying over to the easier river left channel (the West Prong) requires careful boat control. Python itself contains several nasty holes and sieves, with a bad hole blocked by a boulder at the bottom. There is a good route through it, but paddlers need to plan their route carefully. Scouting is a good idea for first timers, although catching eddies and getting out is not  going to be easy. Groups need to stay together.. The rapid is tough enough that you can't watch your buddy all the time, but you can be ready to help if needed. Click through for links to the accident reports, photos, and comments from expert Cheoah River paddlers. (Photo above by Boyd Ruppelt)


Matt Muir


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1198555 11/03/10 Matt Muir Added coords and abstract.