Rockcastle in July

Posted by Spalding Hurst

July 9, 2006

Rockcastle River

Lake level: 718ft

Rapids 3 & 4 were covered


Jay and I got in a day trip on the Rockcastle. We thought all the lowers narrows would be covered up, but the lake was only 718ft so we got to run rapids 1 & 2. Rapid 2 was very strong at this level, a big drop and threw you hard into the river left eddy after running it. We both ran Stairsteps a couple of times even though there was a tree fallen into the river at the bottom of it.

The road in has had some repairs made to it and is gravel for a longer stretch. Power lines have been run way back the road as well. But when the road starts going down hill it gets back to being a high clearance, trucks only kind of road.

It is also noteworthy to mention the 2 canoes we say tied up above the lower narrows section. No paddlers in sight. In one canoe was a rifle. Some other kayakers saw them portaging around Beech Narrows the day before and saw the local outfitter looking for them on Sunday. Always lots of excitement at the Rockcastle.

Jay and I hope to plan a trip back to the Rockcastle in October when the leaves are changing colors the area gets that beautiful fall foliage. Maybe we’ll do an overnighter then.


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