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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kayaking Wilson Creek and John's River in NC

Need to know data to plan your Kayaking trip the the Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River and Johns River in Caldwell   County North Carolina.

With rapids ranging from Class I to V, Wilson Creek is a popular destination for kayakers and features some of the best scenery, rapids and exceptional water quality in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to Wilson Creek, there are plenty of other river systems to paddle nearby. Other streams include North Harper Creek, Gragg Prong, Rockhouse Creek, Lost Cove Creek, and Johns River. Guided trips are offered by Wahoo’s Adventures. The best accomdations in the area are the Brown Mountain Lodge Cabin rentals. Paddlers should be aware of private property that runs through Pisgah National Forest in the Wilson Creek area.  Link to website, click here:       Brown Mountain Lodge Cabin Rentals



Amazing Wilson Creek Kayak head cam video tour click below

                                     Wilson Creek put in locations:

Wilson Creek

Upper portions (section 1) of this stream are technically challenging and can only be paddled during heavy rains. In sections before the gorge (section 2 & 3), low- to intermediate-skilled paddlers will find a few challenges and the occasional ledge. The gorge (section 4), being one of the more popular runs in the Southeast, should only be paddled by more experienced enthusiasts, especially after a large rain. The gorge offers several major drops with Class IV and V rapids. After the gorge (section 5), Wilson Creek can be enjoyed by intermediate paddlers with Class I to II rapids.

Section 1: FS 45 to intersection of NC 90 & FS 981  
Section 2: Intersection of NC 90 and FS 981 to CR 1328 Bridge
Section 3: CR 1328 Bridge to the National Forest Service Boundary sign
Section 4: National Forest Service Boundary sign to Brown Mountain Beach
Section 5: 200 yards above CR 1337 Bridge on CR 1328 to CR 1438 Bridge at Johns River

> Wilson Creek Gage Information

       John's River smooth water kayaking and creeking

Video Tour of the Johns River click below:


Johns River
The Johns River (Class I to II) is perfect for beginner and intermediate paddlers. It runs from the Globe area of Pisgah National Forest and joins Wilson Creek and continues on to Lake Rhodhiss, north of Morganton. The upper portion (section 1) starts at the Johns River Camp bridge and runs through several low-water bridges and takes out at the bridge on CR 1356 southwest off NC 90. After a gap, section 2 starts at Collettsville at the Adako Road bridge at NC 90 and takes out at the beginning of section 3. In section 3, paddlers put in at the CR 1438 bridge and take out at the North Carolina Wildlife Access Area at the NC 18 bridge northwest of Morganton.

Section 1: Johns River Camp bridge to second low-water bridge after leaving NC 90
Section 2: Caldwell CR 1337 Bridge (Adako Rd.) in Collettsville to Burke CR 1438
Section 3: Burke CR 1438 Bridge (30 yards upstream on east bank) to NC Wildlife Access area at NC 18 bridge.

Brown Mountain Lodge Pet Friendly Cabin Rentals are located in the Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Gorge.

         After a fun day on the water chillaxing by the firepit grill steaks is what its all about.

                          Website link to Brown Mountain Lodge Cabin Rentals click here

CCC Outdoor firepit and lounge

BML Outdoor Firepit and Lounge

CCC Outdoor hangout by creek

BML Charcoal Grill added at BML

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