South Sauty Creek - Intersection of County Roads 43 and 56 to Bucks Pocket

South Sauty Creek, Alabama, US


Intersection of County Roads 43 and 56 to Bucks Pocket

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 7.15 Miles
Avg. Gradient 60 fpm
Max Gradient 81 fpm

South Sauty

South Sauty
Photo of Shane Day by Brad Roberts taken 04/15/01 @ 0.4

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03572690 7.50 - 10.50 ft III-IV 00h34m 7.66 ft (running)
For estimating Buck's Pocket flow using USGS gauge: (USGS reading in feet x 9) - 64 = Buck's pocket gauge in inches.

River Description

South Sauty is pretty hard to beat, good continous action top to bottom. Plenty of steady class 3 and 4 action ending with your car in view and a hot shower just steps from the take out.

Buck Pocket State Park is a great takeout. Please show your appreciation for this state park and donate a dollar or two for using the facilities. They use the money to help maintain the restrooms and keep the place up. Oh, by the way, if you need a shuttle, ask Bruce what you can do!

All rapids are runnable.
The waterfall (not yet named) at the put in can be run, usually on the right side.
The rapids are:
Welcome to Sauty
Johah's Whale
Egg Scrambler
Cliff Left
Mushroom Rock at the bottom of Cliff Left
Drunken Horseman
Upper Minefield
Lower Minefield
The Slot river right, Falls river left

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-03 20:00:58

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

2014-10-17 10:37:31 (356 days ago)
Martin WroeDetails
USGS for this run is
Translate gauge to Bucks Pocket stick gauge at AL WW @
. (12" to 24" is sweet spot. 4"= piddly above 24" is hard to catch and more stout!)

2009-01-13 09:32:11 (2459 days ago)
Matthew CarverDetails
The directions on this page for S.Sauty are wrong. Do not use them.

2009-01-10 09:42:27 (2462 days ago)
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wood in the slot. scout/port on river right

2005-03-17 17:23:32 (3856 days ago)
Robert MaxwellDetails
Town Creek isn't the best indicator gage for South Sauty, but it's the only one that's even close!
Here's how Town Creek correlates to the South Sauty gage:

Town = Sauty
361-540 = 0.25
480 - 640 = 0.50
540 - 600 = 0.60
612 - 830 = 0.70
552 - 842 = 0.80
777 - 980 = 0.90
601 - 873 = 1.00
799 - 922 = 1.10
1017 - 1024 = 1.25
729 - 1113 = 1.30
1561 = 1.50
1623 = 1.65

I have an Excel 2000 spreadsheet that predicts the levels for South Sauty and several other rivers
in the southeast. If you'd like a copy of this spreadsheet e-mail me at and I will send it to you. I only check this address weekly, so
pardon me if I don't get back to you right away.

Paddle Safe - Rob Maxwell
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