Alabama Whitewater

Mulberry Fork of the Warrior River Upper

  • Run
    Mulberry Fork of the Warrior River
  • Class
    I-II
  • Put In
    CR 10
  • Take Out
    Old Rt. 31 bridge in Garden City
  • Length
    6.6
  • Gradient
    ~13'/mile
  • Watershed
    331 square miles
  • Primary Gage
  • Indicator Gage
    • none

Description

A fun run with play for any ability level given fairly high water. All the rapids are down the gut, but the waves can get big. Even at 2 feet there is some nice front surfing. It can take a lot of water, I used to consider 3' on the old 31 bridge (same as online StreamBeam gauge, linked above) to be minimum.

Details

  • Class
    I-II
  • Gradient
    ~13'/mile
  • Length
    6.6
  • Watershed Size
    331 square miles
  • Put In
    CR 10
  • Take Out
    Old Rt. 31 bridge in Garden City
  • Shuttle
    CR 10 / CR 26 / Rt. 31
  • Water Quality
    water quality ( 2 chickens | 1 = Good, 3 = Gross)
  • Primary Gage
  • Indicator Gage
  • Precip. Gage

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Trip Reports

Upper Mulberry, AKA Surf City and the Streak

February 21, 1998

Written by Murray Carroll

Saturday, Feb. 21 was an atypical winter's day. Blue skies replaced the constant overcast that is normal for the winter of 1997-1998 and the weather warmed to the mid-60's. A group of eleven HCC boaters ran the upper Mulberry River with a gage reading of 2.0'; I was afraid that would be a little low, but it turned out that this level produces excellent and numerous surfing waves along the ledges of this section of river. While the section below this one, the Garden City to BCC lot, receives the most attention, I feel that this is the far superior run when the level is above 2.0'. We were (as usual) a majority open-boat group with only two kayaks in attendance. A fun day was had by all with nothing other than tired muscles to mark this as any other than an exceptional play day; until three of our female paddlers were "mooned" by a passing auto on the way home. We don't know who the two guys were who did the mooning, but the mooner was heard to shout "How about that, you hens?" as his auto, loaded with two canoes, sped by. The gals nearly wrecked when they were blinded by laughter ."I shouted 'Don't look Ethel', but it was too late, she'd already been incensed."