Long known as the friendliest paddling town in the east, Elkhorn City welcomes boaters year round. Whitewater fanatics travel from around the globe to paddle the class 5 Breaks Canyon of the Russell Fork river.
The Russell Fork offers whitewater opportunities for all levels. The lower section that runs into Elkhorn is an ideal learning ground for all ages. Elkhorn Creek, when flowing and clean, holds great potential. The Russell Fork Playpark and Whitewater Initiative will bring more playboating and learning opportunities into downtown while improving the overall health of the stream and aquatic life.
The Russell Fork is a naturally flowing stream, with flows fluctuating with precipitation. The Flanagan Reservoir, on the Pound River, releases varying amounts of water that flows down the Pound approximately one mile to the its confluence with the Russell Fork at Bartlick, upstream of the Breaks Canyon. In October, the Corps of Engineers guarantees 4 weekends of releases as part of its yearly drawdown to winter pool.
The river can be kayaked at flows of 200cfs and over, thus making it boatable at least 250 days a year.
The Fork is a favorite destination for elite kayakers with video cameras. Here's a recent sample:
That's Adam Herzog introducing the Russell Fork portion, Drew Austell is the boater in the RF shots, Will Lyons shooting. The level is 2800cfs, 3 and a half times higher than regular October release level. EXTREME!