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Difficulty I(III)
Length 3.1 Miles
Gauge SOUTH RIVER AT KLONDIKE ROAD, NEAR LITHONIA, GA
Flow Range 150 - 4999 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 23 minutes ago 140 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/08/2019 8:40 pm

River Description


This run's appeal comes from 1) proximity to Atlanta, 2) the surrounding terrain is beautifully forested, and 3) it has a really nice bike path shuttle.

The whitewater in this 3-mile-long run consists of Albert Shoals (III) and several class I ledges.  Albert Shoals is runnable above 200cfs and becomes fun at 300 or 400cfs.  The primary route starts on the far right side and works its way down through terraced ledges and chutes all the way to the far left.  It's quite satisfying, especially if you manage to avoid getting hung up on the moraine of junky rocks that litter the runout at the bottom.   Above 2,000 cfs, the speed of the current and the size of the holes to skirt bump the difficulty up a notch to III+/IV.  There's an established portage trail on river left.

The bike trail that parallels the river has two access points in the span of this reach.  Unfortunately the Klondike Rd put-in is not one of them.  The first bike trail access point is the De Castro Trailhead located 0.6 miles downstream of the Klondike Rd bridge and 0.2 miles downstream  of Albert Shoals.  The second is, thankfully, at the Ga 138/Stockbridge Hwy take-out (aka Lorraine Park).    In order to bike shuttle AND paddle Albert Shoals, start farther upstream at the Panola Shoals Trailhead.   Panola to Klondike is a similarly pretty six mile run, albeit flat.  More bike path info: https://pathfoundation.org/trails


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Albert Shoals

Class - III Mile - 0.4
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Albert Shoals is runnable above 200cfs and becomes fun at 300 or 400cfs.  The primary route starts on the far right side and works its way down through terraced ledges and chutes all the way to the far left.  It's quite satisfying, especially if you manage to avoid getting hung up on the moraine of junky rocks that litter the runout at the bottom.   Above 2,000 cfs, the speed of the current and the size of the holes to skirt bump the difficulty up a notch to III+/IV.

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33.6302,-84.1

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1212783 06/08/19 Tom Welander updated description
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1212782 06/08/19 Tom Welander updated description