Tributaries of the Kanawha River Loup Creek North Page to Deepwater, Armstrong Creek MacDunn to Kimberly, and Paint Creek Plum Orchard to Burnwell

Milburn, West Virginia

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Regardless of what mapmakers say, locals insist on the “Loup Creek” spelling. Paddlers will be “thrown for a loop” by two sets of ledges encountered early in the run regardless. This juicy ledge/hole-ledge/hole combination can be seen from the shuttle road south of Robson. Below here there’s a ford, then the river starts picking up. The rapids are mostly small slides and boulder drops, nothing over Class 3, until the paddler sees treetops at eye level. When everything else is too flooded and you need an hour of mud and chills, try the Armstrong! At medium flood the Armstrong and both forks are amusing streams. It ranges from 5 –30 feet wide. At high flood it has lots of flotsam, including outhouses, Christmas trees, and dead chickens. The upper part of the Paint Creek run down to Westerly is isolated and scenic. Below Milburn, Coal tipples, slag piles, junkyards, garbage dumps, red dog heaps, and other eyesores create an unattractive scene throughout the run. The best that can be said about this section is that it provides some interesting sport very close to Charleston when other rivers are too high.
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)

Regardless of what mapmakers say, locals insist on the “Loup Creek” spelling. Paddlers will be “thrown for a loop” by two sets of ledges encountered early in the run regardless. This juicy ledge/hole-ledge/hole combination can be seen from the shuttle road south of Robson. Below here there’s a ford, then the river starts picking up. The rapids are mostly small slides and boulder drops, nothing over Class 3, until the paddler sees treetops at eye level.

When everything else is too flooded and you need an hour of mud and chills, try the Armstrong! At medium flood the Armstrong and both forks are amusing streams. It ranges from 5 –30 feet wide. At high flood it has lots of flotsam, including outhouses, Christmas trees, and dead chickens. The upper part of the Paint Creek run down to Westerly is isolated and scenic. Below Milburn, Coal tipples, slag piles, junkyards, garbage dumps, red dog heaps, and other eyesores create an unattractive scene throughout the run. The best that can be said about this section is that it provides some interesting sport very close to Charleston when other rivers are too high.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Milburn
Distance: 24.5
Duration: 3 sections range from 3.5 to 5 hours
Class: Class I-V
Local Maps: USGS Powellton, Beckwith, Montgomery, Pax
Driving Directions: Directions to Tributaries of the Kanawha River: Loup Creek (North Page to Deepwater), Armstrong Creek (MacDunn to Kimberly), and Paint Creek (Plum Orchard to Burnwell)

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