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Alabama whitewater, Bear Creek

Franklin Marion county, Highway 5 Bridge to Scott Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II+(V)     26 miles
Water flow is controled by TVA, in summer they let enough through to float on weekends and holidays. The rest of the year can be high or low anytime. Says Mark

The land on each side of the creek is private property. Camping is not allowed. There is only an emergency exit easment on each side of the creek. If you camp you will be trespassing. Says Land Owner

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Alabama is often more difficult than
    elsewhere, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. If you're coming from Florence it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The
scenic beauty of Alabama and the playfulness of the water beats anything. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. This section of Bear Creek in Alabama  
is 26 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II+(V) section. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Bear Creek you'll possibly meet some folks from Phil Campbell. For the duration of the days of summer, highs generally are in the 90's at Bear Creek, and through the night it cools down to the 60's.

Bear Creek, Highway 5 Bridge to Scott Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bear Creek:
Bear Creek, Franklin/ Marion County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II+(V) - 26 miles long (Highway 5 Bridge to Scott Bridge)
Hubbard Creek/Sipsey Fork, Lawrence/ Winston County, 21 miles away
      Class I(III) - 9.25 miles long (FS 210 to CR60)
Sipsey Fork, Winston County, 28 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (County Route 60 to State Route 33)
 Hotels Near Bear Creek:
Best Western Plus Russellville Hotel & Suites, Russellville , 12 miles away
Days Inn Hamilton, Hamilton , 17 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Hamilton , 17 miles away
Holiday Inn GUIN, Guin , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn Winfield AL, Winfield , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Creek:
Twin Forks City Park, Haleyville, 9 miles away
William's Hollow, Hodges, 10 miles away
Horseshoe Bend, Hodges, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Creek:
Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo - MS , 61 miles away
Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi , 32 miles away
William B. Bankhead National Forest, Alabama , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Creek:
Twin Pines Country Club, Russellville , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Creek
Upper Bear Creek Reservoir, Marion , 8 miles away
Cedar Creek Reservoir, Franklin , 18 miles away

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