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Alabama whitewater, Short Creek

Marshall county, Highway 68 to Guntersville Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     5.4 miles
 
We have had a really bad drought this year. In fact, one of the most severe in history. I'm sorry you had that experience. Most locals can tell visitors about the condition of the creek, as any of us could have cautioned you about the weather conditions causing lack of creek water. Sincerely, Brenda F Says Brenda Fraioli

I done this stretch yesterday (9/15/07) We started at 12:30 and got stranded at dark because the water level was
    too low. We did hit several class III to IV's but then the creek dried up about 2 miles before Guntersville. It sucked. If you go, leave in the morning and make sure the water level is up. Says Michael Hempel

If
you're coming from Albertville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of Alabama and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Highway 68 to Guntersville Lake stretch of Short Creek in Alabama is 5.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. This river system has a few good  
    paddling sections and the Highway 68 to Guntersville Lake section is one of them. No need to look hard for hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting a good workout and just being out on the
  river for a while are great reasons to come. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Cathedral Caverns State Park is a great site to stretch your legs a bit; you have to visit Berry Point when you're here.

Short Creek, Highway 68 to Guntersville Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Short Creek.
 Whitewater Near Short Creek:
Short Creek, MarshallCounty, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.4 miles long (Highway 68 to Guntersville Lake)
Drum Creek, MarshallCounty, 2 miles away
      Class III - 0.85 miles long (Rice Mill Road to Short Creek)
Dry Creek, MarshallCounty, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (CR 44 to Lake Guntersville)
Scarham Creek, De KalbCounty, 4 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 2.1 miles long (Double Bridges to Short Creek)
Short Creek, De KalbCounty, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.4 miles long (Route 75 to Hustleville Road)
Whippoorwill Creek, MarshallCounty, 4 miles away
      Class II - 0.43 miles long (CR 532 to Double Bridges)
Shoal Creek, MarshallCounty, 6 miles away
      Class III - 2.9 miles long (1st bridge to Double Bridges)
Honeycomb Creek, MarshallCounty, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.8 miles long (CR 593 to CR 5)
Hog Creek, MarshallCounty, 10 miles away
      Class III - 3.3 miles long (Fairview Road to Spring Creek)
Town Creek, DekalbCounty, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 5.8 miles long (High Falls to Lake Guntersville)
 Marinas Near Short Creek:
Signal Point Marina, Guntersville , 4 miles away
Alred Marina, Guntersville , 6 miles away
River Bend Marina, Guntersville , 6 miles away
Covenant Cove Marina, Guntersville , 6 miles away
Little Mountain Marina, Langston , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Short Creek:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Albertville, Albertville , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Albertville, Albertville , 4 miles away
Days Inn Guntersville, Guntersville , 7 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Lake Guntersville Hotel, Guntersville , 7 miles away
Wyndham Garden Guntersville, Guntersville , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Short Creek:
Lake Guntersville State Park, Guntersville, 4 miles away
Honeycomb Campgrounds, Guntersville, 5 miles away
Little Mountain Marina, Langston, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Short Creek:
Little River Canyon National Preserve, Fort Payne - AL , 35 miles away
Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport - AL , 48 miles away
Lake Guntersville State Park, Alabama , 5 miles away
Cathedral Caverns State Park, Alabama , 13 miles away
Buck's Pocket State Park, Alabama , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Short Creek:
Lake Guntersville State Park, Guntersville , 2 miles away
Albertville Golf & Country Club, Albertville , 3 miles away
Gunter's Landing, Guntersville , 4 miles away

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