Saluda, Middle - 3: Gap Creek Road to below Dead Man's Curve


Saluda, Middle, South Carolina, US

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3: Gap Creek Road to below Dead Man's Curve (Rte 41 at Rte 97 to SR288 at Rte 175)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 3.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 25 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER NEAR CLEVELAND, SC
usgs-02162350 3.50 - 6.00 ft II-III 01h31m 2.69 ft (too low)


River Description

River slows down as it enters a valley.  USGS gauge is just down from the put-in on the bridge just after Gap Creek confluences with the Middle Saluda.

River is not officially navigable until below where the waters exiting Tankersely Lake flow in, so low profile is the best policy.

Biggest single rapid is near the end at what is called "dead man's curve" where the road follows the river, and both make a sharp turn to the right.  


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-01-08 03:35:41

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 15 2012 (2469 days ago)
Garrick TaylorDetails
There is now a gauge on the North Saluda at the Hwy 11 bridge. It should correlate fairly well to
this run but the range needs to be determined. Friends say when the North Saluda is above 4 ft
(about 50 cfs), it is worth a look to check the paddler's gauge at Hwy 288. The gauge is on on old
bridge support downstream river left that can bee seen from the Hwy 288 bridge. Zero on the
paddlers' gauge is supposed to be a good minimum.
November 13 2008 (3687 days ago)
Lee TimmonsDetails
Back in high school we used to tube this section of the Saluda that runs through our farm - from
Hwy 276 to Pumpkintown Rd. - but only a few times did it have enough water for a person to scrape
down in a kayak, though a case of beer is light enough to float down most of the crazy whitewater.
Watch out for trees down, fish hooks, creepy reds, snakes, and debris from the old mills that used
to be around there. Decent playboating upsteam a little if you get back on 276 headed toward
Brevard and take a right at the F-Mart. You can see what rapids there are as you drive along the
road. Beer and burgers at the F-Mart to follow. That's a good afternoon in the upstate.


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