Warwoman Creek is a good Class II-III introduction to creek boating.From Clayton: Go north on US 23. Turn right onto Warwoman Road just after the US76 West traffic light. Continue on Warwoman Road for 8.3 miles. Turn right onto Earl's Ford Road. The put-in is on the left just after crossing the first bridge over Warwoman Creek.From Russell Bridge (Hwy 28 over Chattooga River): Go west on GA 23. Turn left on Warwoman Road (towards Clayton). Continue on Warwoman Road for 5.6 miles. Turn left onto Earl's Ford Road. The put-in is on the left just after crossing the first bridge over Warwoman Creek.Shuttle Directions: From the put-in, return on Earl's Ford Road to Warwoman Road. Turn left on Warwoman Road. Go 2.3 miles down Warwoman Road. Turn left on Sandy Ford Road. Follow Sandy Ford Road. This will require one left turn. Watch the street signs. The road will ford Dick's Creek. Continue to the end of the road at Sandy Ford. Beware of river levels when parking. The Chattooga River does rise into the parking area at high water.Water Quality: Good to fair. Water quality is generally muddy when the creek is runnable. There are many tires along the creek and the occasional eddy full of trash from roadside camping on Earl's Ford Road.Permits: Permits are required to boat the Chattooga, the last 3.0 miles of this run. Permits are free and are available by self-registration at frequently used put-ins along the Chattooga, all of which are on the South Carolina side of the river. No permit boxes are located convenient to this run.
For more information on the last 3.0 miles of this run, see the Chattooga - Section 3 - Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge American Whitewater site.
Run down the slide on river right. This slide becomes very shallow at lower water levels. Most of the water runs down the main chute left of the slide into a rock at the bottom.
We ran Warwoman between 2.5-3' on the USGS gauge and I got to say this is a fun run. We were excepting a so-so Class II run but got much more than we excepted. Mattress & Pinball and this one unnamed rapid between them where the water folds over itself were pretty big and a lot more challenging than we thought.....I'd give them a solid Class III at that level.
The only down side to this run is ALL the deadfall on the creek and the long stretches of flatwater but a great run if you are not really feeling Sec3 or 4 at 2.5-3' or just want to try something different.
I painted a paddler's gage on the put-in bridge 7/14/07. It can be easily seen from the put-in parking lot. The gage is on river left, on the downstream side of the bridge. Please report your levels and if you thought it was low, medium or high, so we can dial this gage in and get new correlations for Warwoman. E-mail me at email@example.com with your levels. Thanx -- Rob Maxwell
We ran Warwoman three weeks ago when the Chattooga was at 2.3. The bottom of Pinball was completly blocked with a pine tree. You could not see the tree unless you bank scout it. If you do choose to run the left shoot you will find yourself with a pine tree just above the deck of your boat. There is a very small chute on far river right that can be run. There was also a lot of new wood in the river.
7/23/2005 My son & I ran Warwoman at 2.68 feet from the last bridge down to Warwoman Ford, about 2.78 miles by GPS in canoes with floatation. Wow, That was fun. Mattress is great! We enjoyed the challange and the intro to Creekin'. But, Beware! There are significant strainers and deadfalls. None required that we leave the creek and only one was not passable without a momentary exit. Pins are a constant threat at the strainers and caution is required as you approach from upstream in the bigger water.
The listings here accurately represent the difficulty though I agree with one submitter that Mattress is nearly a IV: it is really several rapids that constitute an 11 foot drop overall with ample oppurtunites to pin and swim! Rescue is hindered by the steep banks, the lack of pools, inability of others to get to you, the canoeist must have mastered very complex eddie-ins, eddie-outs and ferries to safely complete...MORE than a III+ in my book. We got wet more than once but usually as we eaked-out all of the good from each rapid! It took us four hours in the water and was rather tiring. But, we are not as accomplished as some. The hike is listed as two miles in the shuttle but it is an easy 2 miles. This creek is highly recommended and very fun at this level.
Hey, ya think upper tallulah would be a better gauge for this one?? Similar sized drainage.
We ran this 9/26/03 at 2.0. There were about 6 trees that we had to get over and most could be gotten over without leaving the boat. This was a very fun run with little flat water and beautiful scenery. There are a lot of no name rapids on this. At mattress you can scout on river right. The slide on the right seems to pull you back to the left and it pulled patio straight into a pin above the lower rock. It was a 15 minute struggle to free the boat. I would run the slide as far to the right as possible (flow will limit how far). The picture of Will R. is to the left of the slide. Also when you get to a rapid that breaks right and left and is jambed with big trees (not sure if it has a name). Patio got his boat pinned again on the left side. You could not run the right but if you run the left side it seems to want to pull you towards the tree as you get close to it so watch out. But this was a great run and I will run it again.
I ran this creek on 9/29/02 and it is in need of a chainsaw. Although the rapids are mostly clean, the number of deadfalls and strainers will strongly deter me from running this river again for many years.
"Paddleman," whoever that is, contributed:
Use AW's site to find the map. (editor's note: click above right for the Tiger, TopoZone, or MapBlast map.) Put in at the last bridge over Warwoman Creek on the little gravel road. Take out at Sandy Ford on the Georgia side. You could take out at the confluence, but that wouldn't be as much fun as running some of Section 3 at big water.
Beware of Dick's Creek ledge at 5 feet or more. It forms a pretty big hole that killed a rafter a few years ago. Scout on the right, or far left.
Warwoman is covered in the video "Deliver Me From The Paddlesnake". It is mostly class 3, with a marginal 4 called Mattress. But, it is a good intro to creekin.
6 years ago
by James Wood
The referenced gage is on the Chattooga; therefore, it should only be used as a rough guide of whether or not Warwoman might be running. Rain northeast of Clayton may cause Warwoman to run at lower levels. Rain near Highlands may bring up the Chattooga without increasing Warwoman's level. A good level for Warwoman is if the Chattooga is at least 2.5 to 3.0 feet. The maximum recommended flow is listed at 5.0 feet, what many consider to be flood stage on the Chattooga. This is by no means a true maximum, as the Chattooga is frequently run above this level. At high water on the Chattooga, an alternate take-out at Warwoman Ford (river mile 2.8) on Earl's Ford Road could be used.
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(RM) Warwoman Creek Paddler's Gage
(RM) Put-In Parking
(RM) Put-In Bridge
(RM) Pinball - Rhett
(RM) Pinball - Kevin
(RM) Ledge - Kevin & JT
(RM) Mattress - Kevin T
(RM) Mattress - JT
(RM) Second Rapid - Rhett Smith
(RM) Second Rapid - JT Surfing 2
(RM) Second Rapit - JT Surfing
(RM) Second Rapid - Duncan
Mattress at 1.5 on internet guage
looking upstream at Mattress
Mattress looking upstream
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Claude Terry, paddler, outfitter, and conservationist, died on November 20th, 2019. He was 83. A microbiologist by training, Terry began paddling in the mid-1960's while a professor at Emory University. He took to whitewater readily, and it became an important focus of his life. In 1969 he met veteran paddler Doug Woodward, and in 1971 the two became the technical advisers for the movie “Deliverance.” Afterwards, Terry and Woodward purchased the rafts Warner Brothers used in filming and bought 19 acres near the river. This became Southeastern Expeditions, one of the Southeast’s first whitewater outposts on the Chattooga. In 1974, Terry took then-Gov. Jimmy Carter on three trips on the Chatooga River, totaling 57 miles. This inspired Carter to get the Chattooga included in the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and influenced later decisions protecting rivers across the U.S.“Terry adopted me as one of his students,” Carter told Outside Online in a 2017 interview. “it opened my eyes to the relationship between a human being and a wild river that I never had contemplated before that. When I got to be president I vetoed 16 different dam projects all over the United States.” Terry eventually quit his Emory University job and started full time career in environmental advocacy, including founding American Rivers, a principal U.S. conservation group. For the next 30 years he specialized in environmental projects involving rivers and wetlands and later, when he became a board-certified toxicologist, he developed an expertise in hazardous waste cleanups. He was an active paddler until sidelined by Parkinson's Disease. A passionate teacher and advocate, he is sorely missed by all who knew him. Click through for an excellent obituary and a photo of Terry taking Governor Carter over Bull Sluice!
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