Paddling Eastern North Carolina
by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)
© Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.
Section 1 Update: During a trip in August 2004 with the gauge Crabtree Creek at Ebenezer Church Road reading 100 cfs (4.5 feet), the rapid at Old Company Milldam was difficult to run without hitting rocks. A better flow would be 130 cfs (4.7 feet). There are many trees down in this section, but most could be paddled under or over. At 100 cfs, there were about 8 trees to lift over. Allow extra time for this trip. Lower flow will probably require more portages.
Section 2 Update: Fifty feet downstream of the US 70 bridge, a greenway bridge crosses the creek. The bottom of the greenway bridge is only about 5 feet above the water when the USGS Crabtree Creek at Hwy 70 gauge is 100 cfs (5.4 feet). As flow increases, this bridge will become a hazard.
Sections 2–3 Update: Old Lassiter Mill Road is now sign posted Lassiter Falls Circle. It leads from Lassiter Mill Road to Lassiter Milldam and the small park managed by Raleigh Parks and Recreation.
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