While this is can an enjoyable float, there are at least three hazards in this section. Just downstream of Dudley Park is Easley Mill Rapid, a signficant class III that drops 8 feet in a short distance. Some would insist Easley is class IV at higher water. Easley Mill is formed from the remnants of a mill dam and the streambed is populated with loose rocks of a jagged nature. If you run this, a helmet is highly recommended. If you swim, do not try to stand up in the current as there is a high risk of foot entrapment in this rapid.
There are 2 or more pipes that cross the river in this section. These pipes have been known to form large logjams that can trap floating objects. In 2004, an UGA student who was floating another section of the Oconee, passed away after getting trapped under a pipe-formed logham, near Will Hunter Roads. The water level was unusually high that day, producing a high current velocity and thus very strong current was straining throught the logjam.
If you are unfamiliar with this section, it is advised to run it a low level for the first time, in order to have time to get out and around any potential jams.
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