Chattahoochee, Georgia, US
|Usual Difficulty||II+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||25 fpm|
|CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NEAR LEAF, GA.|
|usgs-02331000||480 - 3000 cfs||II+||22h32m||172 cfs (too low)|
From Atlanta, go north on I-85 16 miles to I-985. Continue 42 miles up I-985. Then take a left at Duncan Bridge Road, GA 384 at the light. The take-out is about 4 miles down Duncan Bridge Rd.
To get to the put-in, continue west on Duncan Bridge Rd, take a right on GA 254, and another
right on GA 115. The put-in will be the first stream you come to. Parking is very limited at the
Whitewater Home Companion Vol. 1, William Nealy
Appalachian Whitewater : The Southern States
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.0||Buck Island Shoals||II+|
|1.2||Canoe Eating Rock||II+|
|3.0||Shoals below horseshoe||II+|
|4.1||One more for the road.||II+|
Multiple routes on both sides of the island. Big holes develop on the right side of the island at high water. At lower flows most people run the narrow channel on the left of the island.
Rock on river right above the Lunch Beach. Good surf wave with a huge eddy on the bottom right.
At flows above 2500 cfs or over about 4 feet a dangerous low head dam type hole forms on the right side of this rapid. This one is easy to see coming due to the long pool above it and the large rock outcrop on river right. Run left or right at most water levels.
Generally run on river left.
Fun, shallow side surfing hole.
Another long wide shoal rapid. At higher flows there is great surfing everywhere in this one!
A long riverwide shoal, with a sandy beach at the bottom on river left. Lots of fun small waves and holes thru the shoals.
Run left to right. Big pool at the bottom.
long fun shoal rapids with some good surfing opportunities.
Just downstream of the takeout, below the bridge, is one last ledge. There are a series of holes on the right, and a wave on the left. At low flows there is an island in the middle. Play your brains out, then paddle back up the 100 yards to the take-out.