Laurel Creek Dam at Beckwith to New River

Beckwith, West Virginia

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Laurel Creek used to be one of the best creek runs in the state. Its steep gradient created steep boulder drops, large waterfalls, and long slides. Many drops (like 35-foot Captain Crunch Falls) have been featured in the videos produced by Falling Down Productions. It is unclear when this stream will be paddled again. In the summer of 2001 there was major flooding throughout the Fayetteville area. Record floods flushed an incredible volume of water down to the New. When the water finally came down, there was massive devastation. Houses, cars, and roadways were destroyed. Many streams were badly scoured. Of all the creeks, Laurel suffered the most. Its rapids were changed and, in many areas, piles of rocks and trees were left in the streambed. New channels were cut and some of the major drops were destroyed. Debris from highway reconstruction added to the problems. The streambed is now extremely unstable and many changes are likely to occur here in the coming years.
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 used to be one of the best creek runs in the state. Its steep gradient created steep boulder drops, large waterfalls, and long slides. Many drops (like 35-foot Captain Crunch Falls) have been featured in the videos produced by Falling Down Productions. It is unclear when this stream will be paddled again. In the summer of 2001 there was major flooding throughout the Fayetteville area. Record floods flushed an incredible volume of water down to the New.

When the water finally came down, there was massive devastation. Houses, cars, and roadways were destroyed. Many streams were badly scoured. Of all the creeks, Laurel suffered the most. Its rapids were changed and, in many areas, piles of rocks and trees were left in the streambed. New channels were cut and some of the major drops were destroyed. Debris from highway reconstruction added to the problems. The streambed is now extremely unstable and many changes are likely to occur here in the coming years.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Beckwith
Distance: 1
Duration: 3 hours
Class: Class V-VI
Local Maps: USGS Fayetteville, Ansted
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Creek: Dam at Beckwith to New River

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