Huntsville Canoe Club

Bear Creek - I (Ed)

Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 9am - 3:30pm

Location: Meet at the Tidwell Bridge on Highway 13, about 6 miles South of Phil Campbell

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! 

The trip includes Old Mill Falls, which is a runnable Class III or III+ drop depending on your chosen line (portage is optional). 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 Ed Millwood or Orrin Long for more information.

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