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On my way to the yorkville whitewater park yesterday I made a stop by Blackberry creek for the first time. I had heard about the dam removal and was curious to see what features were left behind after construction.
I was pleased to see 4 solid features that looked very runnable at 250cfs, as well as a put in at a city park (though the park only has about 4 or 5 parking spaces). Take out options include a possible hike back up from the bridge (worth scouting before getting on the water), or ferrying across the fox to downtown.
Pics below were taken on 5/11/16 at 250cfs
4th feature (by bridge):
As you can see, while plenty deep with a couple of nice sharp eddy lines... there isn't much for play at this level. I'm curious to see what it looks like with more/less water.
As of today Root River Rob added blackberry creek to the American Whitewater list, hopefully going forward more people can contribute on what makes for an ideal level on this new run.
For anyone interested in a little history on the dam, and the removal process, check out this site from a local fisherman: