Back Creek (Roanoke R. trib), Virginia, US
Starkey Ball Fields to Franklin Road (Hwy.220)
||I-III (for normal flows)
Back Creek @ 4.2 ft.
Back Creek @ 4.2 ft.Photo of Typical Shoot taken 03/17/09 @ 4.2 ft.
An anonymous tipster provides:
Fun run for those looking to see what a creek run is like. Runoff is primarily from new
neighborhood developments and a large farm with HUGE manure pile on the banks of Back Creek. Wear
Jimmy Thomas provides:
We ran this at a level of 190 cfs (~4'). Its a fun run, but I would not do it much lower. We
started at Starkey Park soccer fields and went to Red Hill Baptist Church on Rt. 220. (If you
park and take out at the church, please ask permission if there is anyone there and let them know
you are kayaking.) We portaged one rapid in the first half with about a 4 foot drop, because the
landing was a bit too shallow at this water level. Also portaged a dam drop further downstream.
Both of these would likely be runnable with more water. Only one tree down in this section, that
can be squeezed under or easily portaged.
Ran again on 4-3-09 at 475 cfs (~5'). Great level, no scraping and everything was runnable.
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Last Updated: 2009-08-24 14:23:49