This is the run I learned to kayak on. I used to do this every evening after work during the summer. As mentioned above the second rock garden is definantly not a place to flip. Also, the right line on spliter will flip you every time if the level is below 4.3. I ran this at about 5ft last summer and it was a blast. The rock gardens above and below spliter were great. Watch out for low hanging limbs on the one after spliter. I've done this run about 20 times and have a blast every time. The surfing wave at the end of the run is a lot more sticky than it looks. There's also a nice wave below the take-out. It's in front of the RV campground.
UPDATE: As of 3-9-04, there's a tree that has fallen blocking part of the river channel about 3/4 of a mile into the run. Nothing major, just be aware.
The USGS gage is on Turtle Pond Road near US-64 way upstream from this section. 4.0 is a minimum, but it is much more fun at 4.5 or more. I think there is not visual at the gage site, making it accessible only via the internet.
There is a gage painted on the Peeks Creek bridge as well; I would guess that 2" above 0 is a good level. 0 is about 3.7 on the USGS gage.
The Cullasaja has a pretty good watershed and since Highlands (in the headwaters) gets over 80" of rain a year, this run often gets pretty high.
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