Laurel Creek of the Elk River Erbacon to Centralia

Erbacon, West Virginia

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Laurel Creek follows CR 9 out of Cowen for about 15 miles, gathering tributaries as it goes. Six miles above Erbacon it becomes large enough to paddle and it looks like Class 2+ from the road. Erbacon is about as remote a town as you’ll find in West Virginia! The stream here is flat, but then the road goes over the mountain and the creek heads toward a narrowing gap at the end of the valley. Things start to happen suddenly at the end of the flat water and don’t let up until Sutton Lake is reached.
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)

Laurel Creek follows CR 9 out of Cowen for about 15 miles, gathering tributaries as it goes. Six miles above Erbacon it becomes large enough to paddle and it looks like Class 2+ from the road.

Erbacon is about as remote a town as you’ll find in West Virginia! The stream here is flat, but then the road goes over the mountain and the creek heads toward a narrowing gap at the end of the valley. Things start to happen suddenly at the end of the flat water and don’t let up until Sutton Lake is reached.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Erbacon
Distance: 9.5
Duration: 3.5 hours
Class: Class III-IV
Local Maps: USGS Erbacon
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Creek of the Elk River: Erbacon to Centralia

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