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Difficulty I(II)
Length 9.5 Miles
Gauge SIPSEY FORK NEAR GRAYSON AL
Flow Range 200 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 43 minutes ago 8.78 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/21/2016 3:32 pm

River Description


Alabama's only "Wild and Scenic" River.  Optimal level is between 200-350 cfs.  At this range a float down the Sipsey will take approximately 4-5 hours.

The many side creeks and waterfalls which flow into the Sipsey in addition to the steep, vertical canyon walls and hemlock trees make for outstanding scenery. 

There are a few shoals which break up the relatively calm, but moving water.  There is one named rapid, referred to as "100 Yard Dash." 

Take caution to stay away from the downed trees, as wood does seem to accumulate in places. 

Alabama Canoe Rides and Float Trips, Froshee, John; also Olivia Barton
See also www.alabamawhitewater.com.

Rapid Descriptions

Shoals

Class - I Mile - 1

Entrance 100 Yard Dash

Class - II Mile - 5

Straightforward class II. 

100 Yard Dash

Class - II Mile - 5.1

Take Out Waterfall

Class - N/A Mile - 9.5

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Gage Descriptions

AlabamaWhitewater.com has good info, including a gage correlation.

Directions Description


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2015-04-20 n/a Fatality Other Read More

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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1205932 03/19/16 Andrea Dover Added Pictures, updated description and rapids
1189870 12/28/01 n/a n/a
1205933 03/19/16 Andrea Dover Updated main page
1205934 03/21/16 Andrea Dover Changed Classification