Bear Creek

Bear Creek, Alabama

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This trip is both scenic and exciting at times. The scenic portion is highlighted by scores of rocky bluffs, heavy woods, and a large, flat surface of boulders just before Factory Falls, where you can stop and stretch. Factory Falls is just around the bend from here and requires a portage around. The TVA controls water release from Upper Bear Creek Dam and normally releases 210 cfs on weekends and holidays during the summer. Depending on rainfall amounts and availability of water behind the dam, the release schedule and amounts may change. Make sure you call or check the Web site listed under Schedule. During non-release times the flow is so low that you will carry your boat from hole to hole.

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"This trip is both scenic and exciting at times. The scenic portion is highlighted by scores of rocky bluffs, heavy woods, and a large, flat surface of boulders just before Factory Falls, where you can stop and stretch. Factory Falls is just around the bend from here and requires a portage around.

The TVA controls water release from Upper Bear Creek Dam and normally releases 210 cfs on weekends and holidays during the summer. Depending on rainfall amounts and availability of water behind the dam, the release schedule and amounts may change. Make sure you call or check the Web site listed under Schedule. During non-release times the flow is so low that you will carry your boat from hole to hole."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Bear Creek
Distance: 6.7
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours
Class: Class I-VI
Season: Best on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day when TVA releases water; also may be runnable in spring
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Hackleburg, Phil Cambell
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Creek

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May 2018