GUIDE TO THE RIVER CREE
NAME OF RIVER: Cree.
WHERE IS IT: Near Newton Stewart up the A714 heading for Bargrennan bridge.
PUT-INS/ TAKEOUTS: Put in 2 miles north of Bargrennan Bridge, where a white cottage is on the left and a long layby is on the right, follow the stream, down to the river. Take out at Bargrennan Bridge.
APPROX LENGTH: 4 miles.
TIME NEEDED: 2-3 hrs depending on level.
ACCESS HASSLES: Don't know
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: look over Bargrennan Bridge if there are no rocks showing then its running.
GRADING: 4 maybe 5 in bigger flows.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS:One particularly nasty fall on a left hand bend.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: After the put in a small constriction follows but after this the river is very flat for about a mile, so flat that the first time I ran this I thought I had the wrong put in, but once the rapids start they follow all the way to the bridge, one particular 15ft fall needs careful inspection as it can hold a boat and paddler under for quite a long time-me! There are a number of very meaty drops to watch out and inspection is always necessary if you can't see the line.
OTHER NOTES: Would make an excellent second run after the Minnoch.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Mark Lyons.