Chauga, South Carolina, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||40 fpm|
|Max Gradient||150 fpm|
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
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
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.
|Chauga River [SC]||(RM) Welcome To Chauga left line||1 foot & falling||Robert Maxwell|
|Chauga [SC]||Super Dog||n/a||wreeves|
|Chauga River [SC]||"VIDEO" Super Soc'em Dogg & Raily Moore Falls||1.6||Wade Harrison|
|Chauga [SC]||n/a||Kevin Colburn|
|Chauga [SC]||Riley-Moore Falls||n/a||BradR|
|7y281d01h15m||@Chauga 3: Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Rd. to Cobbs Bridge Rd. [SC]||Boof Hard||0 cfs||Will Oliver|
|8y141d02h06m||@Chauga 3: Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Rd. to Cobbs Bridge Rd. [SC]||Account of 05/31/10||0.00 ft||Todd Henry|
|8y220d19h50m||@Chauga 3: Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Rd. to Cobbs Bridge Rd. [SC]||super sockemdog with wood||low runnable level||Adam Beeco|
|9y23d03h39m||@Chauga 3: Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Rd. to Cobbs Bridge Rd. [SC]||Chauga Gorge||n/a||royce cowan|
|9y23d20h28m||@Chauga 3: Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Rd. to Cobbs Bridge Rd. [SC]||Chauga Gorge||n/a||royce cowan|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Riley Moore Falls||6"||Todd Hoffman|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Super SocEm Dog||n/a||Jason Benton|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Super Sock'em Dog at low level||1-2" on bridge||Michael Stephenson|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Aftermath of Milt's run of Riley Moore Falls #2||n/a||peter Horne|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Edge of the World||0' at the put in||John Pruitt|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Wade Harrison running Center Riley Moore Falls||1.0||Wade Harrison|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Super Soc-Em-Dog||1'+||peter Horne|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Super Soc-em-Dog||6"||Mark Hammock|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Edge of the World||1.0||BradR|
|> 10 years||Chauga [SC]||Peter on the Chauga||6in and rising||BradR|