A little more flatwater leads into another gorge. The next couple of miles are the steepest on the river. There is some great boogie water, some big rapids, and some good ledge drops.
The named drops in this section include Black Hole, Zoom Floom, and Edge of the World. Edge of the World is worth a good scout. The rapid features a big undercut on the bottom left, and a large tree running lengthwise thru the rapid. This drop always has wood in it, but can usually be run.
The next four rapids are pretty good. The first one was a riverwide hole with a break on the right. Then a big s-turn type drop. Next was a big slide. Then finally a big low head damn looking drop. Then some more flatwater.
Eventually you come to a smaller second gorge. There were 4 more good rapids in that gorge.
Then there is a bunch more flatwater, possibly two miles worth. And after the stuff you just ran its going to feel like the current has come to a complete halt. But then there will be another increase in gradient. There will be two or three good rapids followed by Riley-Moore Falls. The falls is about a fifteen footer. Water levels will dictate where to run the falls. The falls is at one of the widest points of the river, hence the shallowest on the approach. Look for at least 6 inches on the gauge for the falls to be running. After the falls its about a mile and half to the takeout.
There is an option of a short take-out above the falls, but it takes 4 wheel drive and locked hubs to get down to the river. In my opinion, if the river is at a good level its easier to use the standard takeout. And if the river is at a good level, Riley Moore Falls is runnable. Why miss out on a perfectly good waterfall??
Updated August 2003
There is a log across the right side of the river at the first slide. Run the left line. There are now TWO logs on the right below Super Soc-em-dog. You have to hit the left boof pad for them not to come into play. If you are right of the pad it may not fair well for you.
We ran the Chauga last Sunday 3/29/09. Water level was -2" on the Cassidy Bridge. This is a low level but not scrapy. We moved a 40 foot log that was blocking the river left shoot in First Ledge. It is safely runnable now. The right side of this rapid still is blocked by trees.
Ran it today level was low -3" chattooga hit 2.3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQrtKvKPZfQ&feature=channel_page is a link to some footage of the bigger rapids.
There is a big log in the first slide at the bottom river right in front of the undercut rock. River left lines were fine.
There's a tree in the left line of Edge of the World. This one is apprx. half way down the left side. The bottom undercut was clear, we ran down the middle. Our run was a scrapy -2". Only portage was the riverwide hemlock Will mentioned.
The trees are gone on the Chauga! The tree above Super Soc M Dog is gone, the tree on river left in undercut below Zoom Flume/Edge of the World/Caller's Choice is gone, the only rapid with a tree blocking the river is a fresh hemlock above one of the small slides below the gorge. There are trees in the right slot between the first slide in the gorge (in the AW description it is called "Second Slide"?) and Black Hole but the river left line is now open and good to go. The "short" access point has been improved somewhat in recent years and 4X4 is hardly a needed for access.
If you can find it, the take-out above Riley Moore Falls cuts out some painful flatwater. You MIGHT need 4wd to get to the river, but if you don't, it is only a short walk (maybe 3x Woodall Trail) to the improved gravel parking area off of Spy Rock Road.
Due to the amount of wood on this run, and pinny nature or the run, creekboats are a pretty good choice. There is also a decent amount of scouting to be done, so wear some good booties.
Just above super soc-em-dog is a blind corner. Hidden in the blind corner is a riverwide tree just above water level that is a mandatory portage on river left. The eddy on river left is only good for about three boats. Make sure the eddys are clear before you make the final moves.
There is still a tree in the undercut of the first slide, but the left and middle lines are good to go.
Two more rapids were portaged due to badly placed wood. In addition we were able to paddle over or around about 8 riverwide strainers in the flatwater.
The rest of the rapids were good class 4 and class 4 plus.
1 foot is a great water level on the Chauga, rumor has it that the river might have crested as high as 1.5 while we were on it.
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There is a gauge painted on the downstream river right bridge piling at the put-in. Minus three is an absolute minimum, but it has been scrapped down as low as minus 6 (not recommended).
Three inches to one foot are good levels.
At three inches the run is mostly class 3 with three class 4 rapids, and one portage.
One foot is about optimal. The run is solid class 4 at one foot.
Above a foot the runs starts to grow some big holes. Riverwide sloping ledge holes.
The Chauga is not really recommended above two feet on the gauge.
For the Chauga to be running look for the Chattooga to be two feet and going up.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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super sockemdog with wood
Kincaid @ Welcome to Chauga
Natalie Matthews Dodgen Wood
Royce Cowan Super Soc Em Dog
Daniel Young At Entrance Rapid
Riley Moore Falls
Super Soc en Dog
Super SocEm Dog
Super Sock'em Dog at low level
(RM) Welcome To Chauga left line
(RM) Welcome To Chauga - Right Line
(RM) Super Sock 'em Dog Great Boof
(RM) Super Sock 'em Dog boof
(RM) Very small slide exiting the gorge
(RM) Small Slide exiting the gorge
(RM) Small ledge exiting gorge
(RM) Riley Moore Falls DRAMATIC
(RM) Riley Moore Falls left line
(RM) Riley Moore Falls - nice boof
(RM) Close to the Edge
(RM) Otter Falls
(RM) Black Hole
(RM) Big Holes Below Edge of the World
(RM) Lead in to Edge of the World
(RM) Third Rapid - Slide
"VIDEO" Super Soc'em Dogg & Raily Moore Falls
Clay at the Super Dog
Zoom Flume/Edge of the World
Super Soc M Dog
Aftermath of Milt's run of Riley Moore Falls #2
Aftermath of Riley Moore Falls
Wade Harrison running Center Riley Moore Falls
Peter on the Chauga
Edge of the World
Chuaga - Super Dog
Chauga Edge of the World
First Slide Chauga
Edge of the World Log
SUper Sockem Dog Boof
Brad on Riley Moore Falls
Mark at Reiley Falls on the Chauga
Chauga River - Blackhole
Super Soc em Dog
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