Alabama Whitewater

Spring Creek

  • Run
    Spring Creek
  • Class
    II
  • Put In
    Hwy 56 (Franklin Co).
  • Take Out
    Coburn Mountain Rd (Colbert Co.)
  • Length
    5.6
  • Gradient
  • Watershed
    11.2 square miles
  • Primary Gage
    • None Visual
  • Indicator Gage
    • none

Description

Spring Creek is a tributary of the Tennessee River. Its headwaters begin near the town of Russellville flowing in a Southwest direction through Colbert County before emptying into Pickwick lake on the Tennessee River. The section of Interest to whitewater paddlers begins where the creek flows under Highway 56 in Franklin County (which is the put in).

This small/micro creek features fairly continuous shoals, turns, and wave trains. One rapid ("ain't none") near the middle of this section could approach class 3 with enough water. It features a slot move into a hole then another move to the right to avoid a rock. This rapid finishes with a couple more holes/waves. The remaining rapids are class 1-2. Unfortunately, after about 2.5 miles the rapids end and the creek becomes flat, flowing through pasture land, until the takeout on Coburn Mountain Road. There are numerous log jams to deal with in this flat section. The scenery is nice and resembles the Bankhead area runs with bluff shelters and large boulders, but the water quality is lacking compared to the Bankhead area. About a mile into the run a feeder creek comes in on river right. A short hike up will reward you with a 60-foot waterfall coming off a bluff shelter. This run requires at least 1-2 inches of rain during winter/early spring over a short period to produce a runnable level.

Run description provided by Thomas Barnes and Seth Hudson.

Details

  • Class
    II
  • Gradient
  • Length
    5.6
  • Watershed Size
    11.2 square miles
  • Put In
    Hwy 56 (Franklin Co).
  • Take Out
    Coburn Mountain Rd (Colbert Co.)
  • Shuttle
    Hwy 56/ CoRd 37(Fox Trap)/Coburn Mtn Rd
  • Water Quality
    water quality ( 2 chickens | 1 = Good, 3 = Gross)
  • Primary Gage
    • None Visual
  • Indicator Gage
  • Precip. Gage

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