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Difficulty II
Length 4 Miles
Gauge BLACKWATER CREEK NEAR MANCHESTER AL
Flow Range 300 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 10 hours ago 20.8 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 11/18/2014 1:32 am

River Description


Most boaters put in just off of Hwy 257, near the Boy Scout Camp.  If you're in the area and the Mulberry and Locust aren't running this is a good alternative.  It's a mellow paddle at lower levels with a few play spots.  

Taken from Alabama whitewater: "Located just north of Jasper, Blackwater creek is a scenic 4-mile trip with Class II rapids and shoals. This makes a great introductory whitewater trip for the beginner and seems to run more often than many other rivers in the state. This is probably due to higher rain amounts to the west and a swamp upstream acting as a capacitor for the flow. Blackwater will go up to a level after a rain and then hold there for a day or two rather than falling off sharply.

At 500 cfs, there is a great surfing wave adjacent to a Boy Scout campground which is complete with picnic tables and shelter (a great place for lunch). There is one good, long Class II+ rapid with a good surf spot in the final drop. Ideal level is between 500 and 750 cfs. A 1500 cfs trip will be a quick run with fast water and big waves; the longest rapid may have big holes at this level. Over 500 cfs, there is a fair bit of play on several spots along the river."

Alabama Canoe Rides and Float Trips, Foshee, John
See also www.alabamawhitewater.com.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
1989-10-01 Medium Fatality One Boat Trip Read More

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1203823 11/18/14 Andrea Dover Changed Put-in information
1203825 11/18/14 Andrea Dover Adjusted the flows
1203824 11/18/14 Andrea Dover Added Description and pictures
1189858 11/12/01 n/a n/a
1197011 12/29/09 Matt Muir Changed gauge information from ft to cfs.