Back Creek (Roanoke R. trib) - Starkey Ball Fields to Franklin Road (Hwy.220)

Back Creek (Roanoke R. trib), Virginia, US


Starkey Ball Fields to Franklin Road (Hwy.220)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 6.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 25 fpm

Back Creek @ 4.2 ft.

Back Creek @ 4.2 ft.
Photo of Typical Shoot taken 03/17/09 @ 4.2 ft.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02056650 190 - 5000 cfs I-III 01h12m 100 cfs (too low)

River Description

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 nose plugs!

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-08-24 14:23:49

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