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THE LOCUST FORK RIVER

WARNING: THESE PAGES ARE BASED ON A BOOK THAT IS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OLD. THE RIVER CHANGES. BRIDGES CHANGE. ROADS CHANGE. OUR HOPE IS TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AS WE LEARN ABOUT THE CHANGES.

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SECTION 5

OVERALL DROP: 2'

DIFFICULTY: 0

HAZARDS: none

SECTION 5 LENGTH: 5 MILES

PUT-IN: Nectar Covered Bridge (see map below)

This put-in has a sand beach, a low bank (short but slippery), and a well beaten, gradually sloping, easy path for about 75 feet.  Parking is limited, but it's easy to get completely off the road.  Don't block the dirt road going into the woods. 

    This is a slow moving, peaceful stretch of river with a few minor shoals usually consisting of a single line of rocks across the river.  The river is about 50 feet wide at the put-in and gradually spreads to about 125 feet at the take-out.
      Water level can be read on the gauge at the US 231 bridge if you want to drive that far.  This map was made at a reading of 2.2.  you should be able to easily float this section as low as 1.5  If you don't wish to drive to the gauge, there is a yellow mark on the upstream end of the right-hand bridge pier at the take-out.  The bottom of this mark is 2.2, and you can judge from there.
     The banks in this section are earth, heavily overgrown, about six to eight feet high, and go back to flat areas on the right.  The left-hand shore has some small ridges set back from the shoreline.  At two places there are rock formations and bluffs along these ridges, the major ones being between mile 2 and 3.
     At mile 1 1/2 you'll see Blackburn Fork come in on your left.  This is a pretty stream, and you may want to spend a while paddling up it.  Two rides on it are covered in this book.  The two islands shown on the map just before the take-out are so close to the left hand shore that they are hard to distinguish as islands.  The grass islands upstream are only a few inches high and are actually weed grown shallows.  The group about 1/4 mile before the take-out may have lilies blooming on it in the late spring and early summer.


TAKE-OUT The take-out is a slab of rock next to the bridge pier.  There is a well-beaten, not very steep path up to the parking area.  The parking area itself is a local picnic spot and is clear and open.  You may prefer to drift on down about 25 yards and take-out just as easily at a clearing on the bank.  Either way, when you park, don't block the picnic area roads.

 

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