Conasauga, Georgia, US/Tennessee, US
Jacks River to U.S. 411 Bridge
||II-III (for normal flows)
Put-in: Jacks River Trail parking lot located on the Jacks River 0.2 miles upstream of the
Jacks/Conasauga confluence and immediately upstream of the FS bridge.
put-in lat: 34.9878
put-in long: -84.63326
put-in elevation: 986'
Primary take-out: along Ball Play Rd where it snugs up against the river at mile 9.1 of this run.
primary take-out lat: 35.01077
primary take-out long: -84.72195
primary take-out elevation: 775'
Alternate (preferred but unreliable) take-out at mile 6.3 (as in, 6.3 miles from the put-in) is
on privately owned land that is undeveloped, not posted, and appears to get a healthy amount of
respectful public trespass. Access here is appealing because the corridor transitions here
from USFS forest to private, developed land. Also because the gradient peters out.
mile 6.3 take-out lat: 35.0044
mile 6.3 take-out long: -84.6940
mile 6.3 take-out elevation: 806'
There is a one-tenth-mile-long trail from the road to the m6.3 take-out. Limited shoulder parking
and trailhead are located at lat/long: 35.0062,-84.6943.
OVERALL DESCRIPTION OF THE RUN
Beautiful class II run through the Cherokee National Forest with exceptionally clean water
draining out of the Cohutta Wilderness.
Looking at the gradient by mile [fpm: 38,34,30,27,23,20,16,12,9] you can see how it starts out
with a bang and progressively flattens along the way.
For the first six miles, the river runs through undeveloped National Forest with an average
gradient of 28fpm. There are two significant rapids in the first mile and a half that merit
a II+ rating for their overall drop and fairly technical maneuvering (or, rock banging...take
your pick). More Class I-II rapids occur frequently throughout the first six miles. Below
that, the remaining three miles are comparatively flat (~10fpm) and populated with houses and
Like its big sister, the Upper Conasauga, this section doesn't run often. USGS 2384500
"CONASAUGA RIVER AT GA 286, NEAR ETON, GA" is the primary gauge but it leaves a lot to
be desired. It's located 24 miles downstream and lags this run by nearly half a day.
A sustained level of 5' is minimum. 6'--if it's sustained, not
flashing--is good. Typically, the Eton gauge has spiked to 12' or more prior to a day
or two of boatable flows.
The bridge gauge (located 34.9746, 84.6449, https://www. americanwhitewater.org/ content/Photo/detail/photoid/ 9397
) one mile
upstream of the put-in does a good job of indicating flows in the run. 0'4" is
comfortably above minimum. Also, just as with the Upper Conasauga, two other telemetry
gauges in the watershed (2384540 USGS Mill Ck, 2385800 USGS Holly near Chatsworth) are important
for judging when to go and when to stay home. I look for Mill Ck to exceed 40cfs and Holly
to exceed 100cfs.
Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, B. Sehlinger and
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Last Updated: 2017-07-24 12:27:52