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Difficulty I(II)
Length 34 Miles
Gauge ROCKCASTLE RIVER AT BILLOWS, KY
Flow Range 600 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 656 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/19/2009 4:42 am

River Description


Andy Messer provides (2004-06-11):

Buck Creek is one of the most scenic canoeing streams around. The difficulty level throughout is class I with maybe one or two rapids hovering close to class II. The best scenery is from highway 80 down.It is pretty much all moving water, so it's very easy without being dead flat.

 

Put in on Rainer Rd is nice. You can break the trip in half taking out at RT 1003 bridge or put in there and paddle the rest of the creek.

For more information, see Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to KY

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Trinity Stirling
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3 years ago

We did an overnight trip on Buck Creek May 8-May 9 2016 running around 1,200 cfs. Overall the trip was fantastic, we had a great time breaking in our boats on our first overnight trip. The creek was a bit lower than desirable, but everything was runnable with the right line with minor bumps and scrapes. The downer of the trip was a (~10 mi) flat water slog out through LOTS of floating trash in the upper reaches of the lake. See the google map for bridge mileage and our take out/ put in and recommended alternative takeouts. https://drive.google.com/open?id=14K8pckL8H3ZR1cK_XiHfm-xdiYo&usp=sharing

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11 years ago

The way I tell if it is runnable is checking the gauge on the Rockcastle River, if it is 800 CFS or more, you got a run. Anything around 800cfs is little scrappy in few spots up stream of RT 80

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Andy Messer
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15 years ago

Buck Creek is one of the most scenic canoeing streams around. The difficulty level throughout is class I with maybe one or two rapids hovering close to class II. The best scenery is from highway 80 down.It is pretty much all moving water, so it's very easy without being dead flat.

Gage Descriptions

*The Rockcastle is being used as a 'reference gauge'. Flows of 600 on this gauge should indicate runnability of Buck Creek.

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