Bluegrass Whitewater


Calloway Creek
February 6, 2010, 6:26 pm
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It has been a winter of constant cold with snow instead of rain in Kentucky. So when YT called this morning with an invite to show me and a couple of my favorite people down this well known Bluegrass Steep, the below freezing temperatures at 8am were not enough to keep me out of my boat.

calloway ice

calloway ice

This run is special too, the takeout is  a five minute downhill walk from my front door. Finally, I stand a chance of being on time! The shuttle is a pigeonesque, no-gazetteer-needed hop one exit down the freeway.

calloway creek and boone creek takeout

calloway creek and boone creek takeout

Zach, Will and I  followed YT and Mello.  Thanks for the great lines! There is a lot of wood in this creek. There were no mandatory portages, though there was class 4 branch weaving around at least two riverwide strainers that may have been in play at higher water.

calloway wood

calloway wood

This creek was similar to Juett Creek.  It starts out very innocent looking. There is a good warm-up section before the stream enters a high walled gorge where the action starts proper. Calloway scallops between steep, narrow, fast slides like this:

calloway slide

calloway slide

and widens into chunky drops like this:

Zach May @ Calloway Drop

Zach May @ Calloway Drop

Calloway runs after heavy rains. I hope to start visiting my home creek regularly.

don't be skert, Duck Star!

don't be skert, Duck Star!


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