Huntsville Canoe Club

Bear Creek - I (Orrin)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 (all day)

Location: Meet at the hwy 241 bridge over Bear Creek south of Phil Campbell and west of the town of Bear Creek. Contact the trip leader for meeting time.

Bear Creek is fed by dam releases from the Upper Bear Creek Dam, making it the only reliable summer whitewater in northern Alabama. Since it is low gradient drop/pool, it is definitely suitable for beginners and a great place to practice in warm water. This would be a good place to start if you have no moving water experience and want a taste of whitewater in a scenic setting. It is a long trip, so make sure you pack a meal and don’t forget water! 

There is a pretty good current for most of the trip. It starts off slow, picks up a bit, then is slow at the end. There is a nice Class II slide with a wave at the top and bottom at Lunch Stop (this can be portaged as well). A few hundred yards downstream is the well marked Factory Falls. Factory Falls would be a nice challenging IV if it wasn't for the pinning rock right in the middle of the drop. It is a must walk. 

Message Orrin Long for more information.



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