Huntsville Canoe Club

Sipsey River - I (Ed)

  • Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at TBD
  • Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at TBD
  • Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at TBD

Location: Meet at the Sipsey Recreation Area on County Road 60

This event is in the past.

The Sipsey River is Alabama's only "Wild and Scenic" designated river. This run is entirely within the Bankhead National Forest located in north Alabama. This is Class I moving water and is entirely water dependent, so projected dates are subject to change/cancellation.

The river downstream of the launch site is a combination of vertical canyon walls and steep hillsides. The flow of the steam is continuous and the water color ranges from clear to deep turquoise in the pools. Shoal areas appear frequently and add to the excitement.Only one actual rapid occurs at a spot where the river necks down to the right. There is actually very little drop across the rapid, but standing waves form at the bottom and give a bouncy ride. At high water levels the standing waves will increase in size. There is a boulder in the center of the rapid which has wrapped several canoes. [Some call this rapid 100 yard dash]. 

The river runs through continuously forested areas for 8.8 miles to the first possible takeout on the left side of the river.

Message Ed Millwood for more information.



Displaying 4 comments
at 11:29am on Friday, May 5th, 2017
Ed, never mind, I talked him into going to get his boat;-). So I'm a plus 1 for the trip. Thanks
at 10:00pm on Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Hi Ed, Greg and I would like to come, but Greg's kayak and all his paddling gear is at his house in Chattanooga. Is there a place here or near the Sipsey that he could rent a decent boat? Thanks!
at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Is this trip locked into Sunday, would Sat. be an option for better flow
at 8:44am on Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Are we allowed to invite non-club members? (I just signed up.) Thanks, Melanie

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