Information on Hurricane Cr. (Newton & Pope Co.)
Rating: II+-III *
Location: Take out is reached from I-40 by taking Hwy 7 north to
Pelsor. Go west on Hwy 123 for about 10 or 11 miles. Take a
right on a dirt road just before crossing the Ft. Douglas
Bridge over the Big Piney Creek. Go about 1.5 miles to the
Hurricane Creek take out at a low water crossing. (This is
just upstream from the confluence with the Big Piney.) Put
in is reached by back tracking on Hwy 123 to Hwy 7. Go
north 7 to 9 miles. Look for the "Who'd A Thought It" gift
shop on the left. Take the dirt road just to the left of
the gift shop. Soon you will come to a fork. Veer right
and continue down hill 3 or 4 miles. After you get to the
bottom of the valley you will come to another fork.
Veer right for another 1/2 mile to the put on Cub Creek
just a few hundred yards upstream of Hurricane Cr.
Topo Quad(s): Chancel, Ft. Douglas
Gradient: ?? fpm
Length: 9 mi.?
Gauge: Reportedly this run can be done when the Piney is at 5
feet. It can certainly be done when the Piney is about 6
feet and Richland Cr. is running at least 3 feet.
6 - 7 feet on the Piney is better and 4 feet on Richland
would be even better.
Hazards: Strainers are the main hazard. Often there are
downed trees that must be portaged or avoided.
Description: This stream is a good choice for intermediate to
advanced paddlers who may not be interested in Richland Cr.
or harder runs. The first few miles are similar to the Big
Piney and the second 1/2 is more like Falling Water Creek
or maybe even lower Richland. The scenery is A+;
waterfalls entering the creek are numerous! Strainers are
the most obvious hazard to contend with and there are usually
a few downed trees that need to be portaged. The pace is good
for the first mile or so with challenging class II rapids. The
creek then slows down for a few miles before the mountains
squeeze the creek bed into a good class III jewel. Watch
for "Uh Oh"! rapid a nice class III boulder garden about 3
miles upstream of the takeout. The line is somewhat
difficult to see until you enter the drop. It is
reminiscent of some of the drops on Section III of the
Chattooga. ("Uh Oh" was the loud response from Gordon
Kumpuris when boat scouting it for the first time.) Run
it left to right. Thanks go to Gordon Kumpuris for
information about this great Ozark run!
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