Laurel Creek CR 73 to Rockville

Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

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The boaters who discovered the Little Sandy turned their attention here, but its short length and wildly varying difficulty have kept it from becoming popular. On the plus side, it’s a short run passing through some nice forested country. It’s also a wonderful trout stream! Most of the run is fast Class 2, picking up as you paddle downstream. The last drop into the Big Sandy is a serious Class-4 ledge! Now the paddler is confronted with the Class-4 rapids of the Upper Big Sandy at high water. Laurel Creek has been run for some distance upstream, with one intrepid party putting in at the Lake O’ Woods dam! The whitewater here is not too difficult, but strainer hazards will make most boaters uncomfortable. The stretch to the CR 2 bridge is very small, with lots of downed trees. Below here the channel becomes braided, and the river flows through the tangled brushy floodplain and low-lying islands with unnerving frequency.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

by Charlie Walbridge et al (Menasha Ridge Press)

The boaters who discovered the Little Sandy turned their attention here, but its short length and wildly varying difficulty have kept it from becoming popular. On the plus side, it’s a short run passing through some nice forested country. It’s also a wonderful trout stream! Most of the run is fast Class 2, picking up as you paddle downstream. The last drop into the Big Sandy is a serious Class-4 ledge! Now the paddler is confronted with the Class-4 rapids of the Upper Big Sandy at high water.

Laurel Creek has been run for some distance upstream, with one intrepid party putting in at the Lake O’ Woods dam! The whitewater here is not too difficult, but strainer hazards will make most boaters uncomfortable. The stretch to the CR 2 bridge is very small, with lots of downed trees. Below here the channel becomes braided, and the river flows through the tangled brushy floodplain and low-lying islands with unnerving frequency.

©  Charlie Walbridge et al/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Bruceton Mills
Distance: 3
Duration: 1 hour
Class: Class II-IV
Local Maps: USGS Bruceton Mills
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Creek: CR 73 to Rockville

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