Amicalola Creek, Georgia, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||20 fpm|
|Max Gradient||25 fpm|
|AMICALOLA CREEK NEAR DAWSONVILLE, GA.|
|usgs-02390000||1.00 - 5.00 ft||II-III||00h33m||1.01 ft (running)|
At levels above 1.4 feet, this section of the river moves a huge amount of wood ranging from cut
firewood to 35 ft. trees. An ice storm in early 2000 dropped numerous strainers into the first
five miles of this run. Thanks to the efforts of the Georgia Canoe Association and several local
paddlers, there are clear lines through all obstructions on the river. Extreme care should still
be taken when boating this section at higher water levels.
There are three put-ins for this section of river.
Put-in 1 Goshen Church Rd/Afton Rd (9.5 river miles total)
From the GA53 Bridge-Go east towards Dawsonville. Take a left at the junction of GA53 and GA183.
Go approximately 10 miles and make a left on Afton Rd. If you reach the intersection of GA183 and
GA136, youÂve gone too far. Go approximately a mile and put in at the bridge. The area
surrounding this put-in is private land. No problems have been encountered here, but please be
respectful. The river between this put-in and put-in 2 contains mostly moving water and ripples
and serves as a good warm up for beginners.
Put-in 2 Six Mile / DNR Campground (7.7 river miles total)
From the GA53 bridge-Go west 1 mile and make a right on Amicalola Church Rd. Follow the road
until the pavement runs out and then continue approximately 1.5 miles. The road will begin to
climb a hill and bare around to the left. There will be a brown forestry service sign on the
right, next to the campground road. Note that during holiday weekends this area can become very
congested and creative parking may be required.
Put-in 3 Steel Bridge Road (2.3 river miles total)
From the GA53 bridge-Go west 1 mile and make a right on Amicalola Church Rd. Go approximately 3
miles and make a right on Steel Bridge Rd. Best put-in access is on the right side of the
During warmer weather, this section of the Amicalola is typically frequented by an armada of
sit-on-tops, tubers, and Wal-Mart rafters with no regard to water level. The vast majority of
these individuals are ill equipped or prepared to deal with potential problems that may occur at
higher water levels.
95%+ of the navigable portion of the Amicalola lies within the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management
Area. This is a multi-recreational 25,000-acre tract of land administered and managed by the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Depending on the time of year, the forest is utilized by
a wide variety of individuals including: boaters, fishermen, hunters, hikers, equestrians, and
DNR personnel engaging in forestry management (controlled burns and logging operations). Please
remember to be respectful of these individualÂs right to access and use this area.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|9.5||The Play Hole||II+|