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Join me in a Class II-II+ creek outing

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 1:08 pm
by CAPTAIN ALEVE
The next time there is water in Big Cove Creek I plan to ease down two miles of this small waterway. It's located about 15 miles north of Hot Springs Village, flowing under a bridge on Highway 7. Photos of the creek can be seen on Flickr at

https://www.flickr.com/photos/17863908@ ... 902926418/

The creek is narrow, shallow, rocky, and has a fair amount of brush you will have to zigzag through, and some vertical and horizontal trees to dodge. I have hiked it all and confirmed that there are no impassable spots. Accurate boat control in briskly flowing chutes will get you down the creek. It doesn't have any major rapids (as you can tell from the pictures). For comparison, the wavy rapids of Cadron Creek are a lot bigger than anything on Big Cove. In places it has alternate channels that you don't want to take because they end in log jams or heavy brush. There are several calm pools, but there is much less still water than there is briskly flowing meanders through shady chutes. Good steering ability will get you through to the take out at Highway 7. Post here if you are interested in coming along.

The first photo below is from the biggest (only?) rapid in the two mile sprint, and it's a straight shot.



Mike Coogan, alias Captain Aleve

Re: Join me in a Class II-II+ creek outing

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 5:41 pm
by Jim Krueger
Mike,
Nice to see your post, that looks like a pretty run. I'll try and look at the board a bit more often to see if anything develops.

Best Regards
Jim

Re: Join me in a Class II-II+ creek outing

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 1:31 pm
by CAPTAIN ALEVE
Hi Jim,
I am still alive and have some free time since visitors are not allowed in the nursing home at this time. Jamie seems to be doing okay without my daily attention, thank goodness.

I may have missed an opportunity to paddle Big Cove Creek this week. I had a molar extracted last Thursday and am not feeling like doing much at the present time. It could have been run two Mondays ago, the only day I had something scheduled in quite a while. Calvin Doody and I went there the next day, but the level had dropped too much. The creek is a novelty, just something to do without asking much from the paddler. It will be a good skill tester for newer paddlers, requiring weaving between brush clumps and rocks. The idea of just getting in the boat and letting the creek do most of the work while I steer and gawk at the scenery (and watch for newly fallen trees) appeals to me, especially since I haven't been paddling in so long. I'm pretty much a marshmallow.

Mike Coogan, alias Captain Aleve

Re: Join me in a Class II-II+ creek outing

Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 8:36 am
by Jim Krueger
Mike,

A marshmallow indeed, the last tooth I had removed was a molar quite some years ago. I had my dentist send me to an oral surgeon so I could be put out completely. I didn't want to be present for the proceedings, with the doctor going at it with that pair of cow de-horners... I was definitely not wanting to do much for a few days afterward.
I'm so glad to hear that Jamie is doing as well as possible, I thought about the two of you recently and the difficulties this present situation could pose. I had my mother in a nursing home for a couple of years and would visit her about every day. I can only be thankful she's not having to endure this now.
I haven't been anywhere paddling yet this year but hope to at least try for some time on the Caddo when I can.

Best Regards
Jim