Information on Crooked Cr.

Crooked Cr.

	Rating: III-IV (V)
	TDCR: 7771
	Location: Go about 2 miles north of Albert Pike on CR4 until 
		you come to CR1.  Take CR1 about anther 2 miles until 
		the creek goes under the road.  This is the takeout.  
		There are campsites there that you can use to park. 
		Continue up CR1 until you get to the Little Missouri
		Falls turn off - this is the putin for the lower gorge. 
		To get to the put in for the upper gorge keep following 
		CR1 until you come to a low water bridge that is not crossable, 
		park here and ferry across the creek.  Carry your boat .5 
		to .75 miles up the road to the next low water bridge. Put in 
		at that point for the upper gorge.  The creek runs right by 
		the road the entire time so scouting on the way up is possible. 
		At the time of this writing in Spring of 2001, the section 
		of the creek between the Backbreaker Falls and the lower gorge
		is completely full of downed trees from a massive ice storm.
		You will probably just want to skip this whole section
		and shuttle back down from the big falls to the put-in for
		the lower section.
	Topo Quad(s): N/A
	Gradient: 115 fpm (275 fpm max)
	Length: 3 mi
	Season: FLOOD
	Gauge: Little Missouri at Langley should be at least 7.5 for the 
		lower section and 9.5 for the upper gorge.  The only way to be 
		sure is visual inspection of the creek.
	Hazards: Large falls, undercuts, strainers, continuous rapids, etc.
	Description: The first run of Crooked Cr. was by Chris Anderson 
		in January 1995, when all but a couple of drops were run.  Chris 
		returned in January of 1997 and ran all of the drops at that
		time.  The upper gorge consists of 5 or 6 waterfalls ranging 
		5 to 10 feet in height.  These falls all occur in less than 100 
		yards.  After this the creek makes a left turn followed by 
		several slide/ledge drops before it slows down a little 
		before the low water bridge.  Thanks to the ice storm the 
		upper gorge is not runnable at the time of this writing.
		Just below the low water bridge is Back Breaker Falls, a
		class IV+ to V drop.  Trees tend to accumulate near or in the
		drop, so watch out for them.  The only good line on this 
		drop is the far right.  If you get into the middle of the
		falls, you will hit a launching pad that can send you flying
		onto an extremely shallow shelf 18 to 20 feet below!  If you 
		stay on the right side line, you can run down on a seam just 
		big enough to put a boat down.  It's a great ride if you make
		the line - a real banger if you don't.  As of June 2001, you'll
		need to portage (shuttle) from the pool below the falls to
		the start of the lower section near Little Missouri Falls.
		Eventually the dozens of downed trees in this section will
		not be a problem, but it will take several years for that to
		happen.  The lower section starts of with some class II+
		rapids, and then a definite horizon line appears.  This is 
		the start of Double Ledges - a solid class III rapid.  Start 
		on the far left and run the slot working your way right into 
		a seam about half way down.  The next bridge you go under marks
		the start of the lower gorge.  All of the water pushes to the
		right, but head for the eddy on the left to scout the drops.
		There are several different lines through this tight, class IV 
		section of whitewater, but only one way out at the bottom.  
		Pick the line that suits you best, but be on target when you
		reach the final drops.  At the bottom of the gorge there 
		is a 6 to 8 foot waterfall with a boofing pad just right 
		of center.  Make sure you hit the boof because the pool is 
		shallow!  Several bows have been smashed here due to wayward
		lines.  A few more class II rapids brings you to another 
		bridge - the entrance to the last rapid.  This solid 
		class III drop provides several broaching and pinning
		possibilities.  Take out at the bottom of this rapid
		and head to the Little Missuori for some big water 
		play boating!  This little creek is certainly one of the
		most beautiful and exciting runs in the state.  Scout 
		it carefully from the road and make sure you are up to
		the challenge before tackling the drops.  Thanks to Heath
		Day and Lance Jones for information on this great run.

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