Warwoman Creek - Earl's Ford Road to Chattooga River


Warwoman Creek, Georgia, US

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Earl's Ford Road to Chattooga River

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 7.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 23 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

Warwoman Creek


Warwoman Creek
Photo of John Schultise by Will Reeves taken 1991 @ 2.5 on the Chattooga

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHATTOOGA RIVER NEAR CLAYTON, GA
usgs-02177000 1.80 - 5.00 ft II-III 02h02m 1.59 ft (too low)


River Description

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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-05-28 10:34:15

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.8IntroIIPhoto
1.3MattressIIIPhoto
1.8PinballII+
2.8Warwoman FordAccess
3.1FinaleII
4.2Earl's FordAccess
6.7Dick's Creek LedgeIII

Rapid Descriptions

Intro (Class II, Mile 0.8)

Warwoman Creek

Warwoman Creek
Photo of Will Reeves by William Reeves taken 1993 @ 2.0 feet at US 76

Run the tongue down the middle.

Mattress (Class III, Mile 1.3)

Mattress

Mattress
Photo of Laura Morrison by Will Reeves taken 1993 @ 2.0 feet at US 76

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.



Pinball (Class II+, Mile 1.8)
Start from the eddy on river left above the rapid. Run down the left side, cutting back to the right at the bottom. Beware of logs stuck in this rapid.

Warwoman Ford
Earl's Ford Road fords Warwoman Creek. This is an alternate take-out for a short run. Warwoman Ford is generally not passable when the creek is runnable.

Finale (Class II, Mile 3.1)
Run the tongue down the middle.

Earl's Ford
Warwoman Creek flows into the Chattooga at Earl's Ford. This is not a recommended access point as Warwoman Ford is generally not passable when the creek is runnable and the shuttle to the Earl's Ford access on the South Carolina side of the Chattooga is extremely long.

Dick's Creek Ledge (Class III, Mile 6.7)
Scout from the rock expose on river center or from the bank on river right.


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