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South Praire Creek    1. E. Fork to Spiketon Rd. (Upper)™ ©
Class V

River Mapplet
Put In Longitude : -121.93384 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.0750313
Take Out Longitude : -122.01898 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.1327362
County : Pierce Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SOUTH PRAIRIE CREEK AT SOUTH at 3/6/2021 5:22:50 AM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SOUTH PRAIRIE CREEK AT SOUTH n/a 24.73  216 cfs  USGS - NWIS 03-06-2021 04:45:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  500 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  800 cfs 


Access is surprisingly easy. Only thing to worry about are the numerous shooting range turnouts on the drive to putin.

  Putin Details

Bridge over river ~5 miles off 165.

  Takeout Details

End of Spiketon rd off Ryan rd.

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   Run Description [Season: Winter]

--- Submitted by Fiddleyak 1/24/2010 ---
Looking for a long, hard day of kayaking located only one hour from downtown Seattle? Then go check out South Prairie Creek. It contains a number of excellent, challenging drops scattered among innumerable log jams and junky rapids. It contains enough reward to be worthwhile, if only just to check out. Although scouting was strenuous, all portages were done at river level.

Our flow was 700, and I would not want much less. I'm targeting 1000 as a more filled-in flow, but many of the harder drops would be get more difficult. Higher water would also make catching critical eddies harder, so best to know the run first. Two boats got new cracks, consistent with the warnings in the guidebook. Beware of the far right line on the "waterfall", it pushes you harder into the shelf on the far right side than the scout from river left would indicate.

Directions in Bennett are good.


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