Kayaking Linville Gorge at Low Water

by admin on July 12, 2014

As the last bit of rainfall drained out of the mountains from the most recent downpour we decided “what the heck, let’s do it.” 1.72 is what the gauge read at 6am that morning. Most every line on the Linville Gorge is the same at low water, and anywhere the water is channelized is actually pretty well padded out.

(Above the A-Frame Rapid: Brian Miller drops through a clone of Chattooga Section IV’s “Center Crack.”)

  • Wismans View (aka Wismans Poo) at 7:30 AM
  • Our little friend Rapid Transit
  • Say No to Crack, that applies here, right?
  • Take note of the indicator rock (center of photo) above Babel Tower Rapid. This is 1.72 feet on the Boatingbeta.com gauge and pretty much the lowest level you will want to kayak the Linville.
  • Brian Miller drops into Babel Tower, first rapid of the day.
  • Ray Cotton enters a small canyon just above Drunk Tank Rapid
  • Lee powers through Drunk Tank, a must make move to avoid a large undercut.
  • Brian drops through center crack above A-Frame rapid.
  • Brian Miller exits the cave on Cave Rapid and becomes modern man
  • Our group above Dr Suess Slide with Table Rock well in view
  • Lee exits the Cauldron below Twiggy's Revenge. One advantage of running the Linville at low water is that this rapid becomes more sane.
  • This mess of strainers comprises the rapid below Twiggys, in case anyone has questions about that rapid at higher water levels
  • Portage on the right side of the rapid below Twiggys
  • Ray Cotton prepares to drop Cathedral Falls, marking the ending of a great day on NC's best creek run.

Photos, Video and Captions by Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc.

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