Eastatoe Creek -1 - US 178 to Smith Creek above Lake Keowee

Eastatoe Creek -1, South Carolina, US


US 178 to Smith Creek above Lake Keowee

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 3.52 Miles
Avg. Gradient 230 fpm

Shayne cranking a big boof

Shayne cranking a big boof
Photo of Shayne Day by Brad Roberts taken 09/08/02 @ low

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03439000 3000 - 10000 cfs IV-V 01h09m 285 cfs (too low)

River Description

The big nasty portage is about 2 miles into the run. We carried on the right. Left looked like a better bet. Watch out for the stinging nettles on the bank in that area, and lots of poison ivey. Last seen there were a couple of riverwide strainers that got us out of our boats above the drop. This is a good thing because the gradient will sneak up on you above the portage if you are not careful.

September 27, 2002

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-06-11 16:04:40

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.5First SlideIV+Waterfall Photo
0.7First FallsIV+Waterfall Photo
1.1Little SingleysIVPhoto
2.0Mandatory PortagePortage Photo
2.1Falls after the PortageIV+Waterfall Photo

Rapid Descriptions

First Slide (Class IV+, Mile 0.5)

First Big Slide

First Big Slide
Photo of Shayne Day by Brad Roberts taken 09/08/02 @ low

First Falls (Class IV+, Mile 0.7)

First Big Falls

First Big Falls
Photo of Shayne Day by Brad Roberts taken 09/08/02 @ low

Little Singleys (Class IV, Mile 1.1)

Little Singleys

Little Singleys
Photo of Will Reeves by Brad Roberts taken 09/08/02 @ low

Mandatory Portage

Mandatory Portage

Mandatory Portage
Photo by Brad Roberts taken 09/08/02 @ low

Falls after the Portage (Class IV+, Mile 2.1)

Falls after the portage

Falls after the portage
Photo of Will Reeves by Brad Roberts taken 09/08/02 @ low

User Comments

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February 24 2003 (5768 days ago)
Heath MillerDetails
The ice storms this winter have brought down a lot of trees and limbs. There is a lot of wood in
the rapids. There are a couple of really good rapids that can't be run because there are logs in
them. If you are planning a trip down this section, start early so you make sure you have enough
time to scout and portage, because you will be doing a lot of portaging. There are only a few big
drops that require scouting but there are also a lot of fairly easy blind drops that must be
scouting to make sure there is no wood. Don't let the fact that it is only 4+ river miles fool you
it will take some time. We got caught by dark and had to spend the night. So, be prepared for it to
be slow going.
September 27 2002 (5918 days ago)
Takes a lot of water. When we did it, the chattooga 3 feet and went to 5. Rosman was at 1500 and
hit 3000 before the day was over, cullasaja went over 8 feet.

We were still lacking water. Figure if you can float under the right channel of the put-in bridge
without scrapping then it will be do-able. Or if the bridge at the takeout has the only one
railroad tie stair showing. If you see both ties, its low.

Lots of trees and logs down. We probably had to get out of the boats 10 times to carry over various
pieces of wood. Two good rapids were unrunnable due to strainers.

Still there were 4 good falls. Some good sliding drops. A smaller version of something that looked
like singleys off overflow.. There were a bunch or nice long slides. Most of the run is over
bedrock. There are some streamside undercuts to be careful when you are near them. There was one
funky 4 foot ledge with a strong hole, the hole pulled one boat back up under the ledge a few feet,
it was a strange undercut.

There was also a lot of good boogie water.

The mandatory portage is a bitch. We carried on river right. River left looked better after we were
about halfway into it. Took us about 30 minutes to move 3 boats and bodies around the portage. The
falls after the portage is the best on the river.

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