Run: Chestnut Creek      
Section: US 31 to Mtn Creek Ford      
Class: II   Put-In: US 31    
Gradient: 30, 5, 5, 10, 10, 20 (1.1) MtnCr, 20, 10, 20, 25, 5 (0.5)   Take-Out: Mtn Creek Ford or Lake Jordan**    
Length: 6.1 to Mtn. Creek, 4.5 from Mtn Crk to Lake Jordan   Precip. Gage:      
Shuttle: 31 / CR23 / see text   Delorme Gazeteer: P. 38 G1    
Water Q: Primary Gage: None    
Links: TOPO MAP Required Level: Visual (see pictures also)    
  PICTURES Indicator Gage:      
  TRIP REPORT Required Level:      
Chestnut Creek begins in the Clanton area and flows south to Lake Jordan. When the creek reaches the US-31 bridge in Verbena the gradient begins to increase as it drops into the Coosa Valley area of upper Lake Jordan. I did not see a gage on this bridge but if the first rapid looks good then the rest of the run will be nice. The river starts off with a nice series of waves and holes in the Class II variety. The action is pretty good for the next 1/4 mile. The creek then levels out for a short distance When you see a newer brick house on the right prepare for the next series of drops. These will be some of the best on the creek. Look for a nice 360 hole on the way down. The rest of the run is intermittent moving flat water and class I-II waves. It has a few nice long wave train sections. When you get to a large clear cut area look for a tributary on the right. This will be the first significant tributary and it is called Mountain Creek. Take out just upstream of Mountain Creek and walk 100 yards to the ford. There may be some rapids downstream but probably not worth a long paddle across Lake Jordan! [possibly only 0.5 to 0.75 miles -editor]

The total run is approximately 5 miles. I ran it solo in about 2 hours. Some small play. All the flat water moves pretty quick. It has a small watershed. I think the time window is about 2 days. We had about 1" of rain last night and that was plenty. It could be run a good bit lower but I would not want to. It would be a good beginner run. Good eddy lines, waves, a few holes but not intimidating. I would run it in stealth mode as the local property owners are as proud of their land as they are their fighting roosters. Plenty of posted signs.

To find the take out follow US 31 south from Verbena. After approx. 2 miles turn left on county road 23. Follow county 23 and take the first paved road on the left (You will see a sign for New Harmony Church). Take the first dirt road on the immediate left. Follow the dirt road to the ford staying right. [you can see this pretty well on the 1:24,000 topo]. Park near the ford. Chestnut Creek meets Mountain Creek (the creek you ford) about 150 yards downstream. You can paddle/walk up Mountain Creek to your vehicle. - Bill Patterson

Brad Thompson has an update to the directions: Mountain Creek take out is off of HWY 31 South at Chilton County Road 524. You travel this road to an intersection where you turn left and proceed to ford. The Mountain Creek ford is a good take out.

[The stream continues on after Mountain Creek for another 4.5 miles and has a little more gradient and water over that stretch. You would have to take out on Lake Jordan by either paddling across the river to possible rural road access, or 2.6 miles upriver to route 22. It is significant to note that the lake pool comes up about 1.5 miles up the creek, so the flatwater paddle would not be short. I don't know if either of these are sane options, but we do lake take-outs up north, so who knows?]