Coosa - CR 213 or the dam to River Road


Coosa, Alabama, US

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CR 213 or the dam to River Road

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles

Bryan surfing at Moccasin Gap


Bryan surfing at Moccasin Gap
Photo of Bryan by Van Atkins @ 8000cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
COOSA RIVER AT WETUMPKA AL
usgs-02411600 1.00 - 25.00 ft II 01h04m 12.18 ft (running)


River Description

General Info & Whitewater Festival
The Coosa River is one of the largest volume whitewater runs in the Southeast. The majority of the run is flat and the Spanish Moss up in the trees and occasional alligators should alert paddlers that they are in the deep south. You might notice the massive rocks at the base of Jordan Dam, all that remains of 'The Devil's Staircase.'  Rumor has it the sound of water flowing over these rocks was heard miles away.  The town was aptly named "Wetumpka" which means rumbling waters. The major attraction of the Coosa is the annual rodeo at Moccasin Gap rapid. Moccasin Gap is reputed to be the southern most Class III rapid in Alabama. While an easy Class III drop it presents some exciting play spots and the rodeo is always a great event. Of all of the rivers in the Southeast the Coosa is one of the few whitewater runs where powerboats can interrupt a rodeo. The play spots and rapids outside of Moccasin Gap are all Class II in nature but the local rocks are extremely sharp and can rip up boats or boaters. There are alternative put-ins below the dam that require crossing private land. These are often open during the rodeo.

Info on the whitewater festival: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coosa-River-Whitewater-Festival/198766436805176

River Levels
2000 cfs = extremely low
4000 cfs = low, good for beginners and novice paddlers
6000 cfs = better
8000 cfs = ideal flow
10000 cfs = some things may begin to wash out

Run Description
Put in at the base of Jordan Dam. The first 1.5 mile stretch is flatwater until you get to "river falls" shoals.  You'll know you're there when you see a large island in the middle of the river.  Most paddlers stay right of the island, as the left channel is shallow and accumulates wood.  Stay right to find Maytag Hole and Baby Gap.  At 2000 cfs, Mid-river hole can be found left of Baby Gap.    

There's about a mile of flatwater in between Baby and Moccasin Gap.  Land on the large rock to scout or to watch others surf.  The standard line is to hug the right side of the main flow and eddy out to the right, just beside the wave.  There's a straightforward Class II line on the left side of the rock beginners may wish to take.  

Below The Gap there are a few Class II rapids: Pipeline, Big House and Corn Creek.  All are straightforward Class IIs, though there are some swirly, sneaky eddy lines below Corn Creek that may flip the unsuspecting. 

Take Out
Paddlers take out at Coosa Outdoor Center or the Coosa River Adventure property, though you could take out at the Wetumpka Gold Star Park, past the bridge on river left. 

Outfitters, Camping and Shuttle Service
There are two outfitters on the Coosa who rent sit on top kayaks and sell whitewater boats and accessories.  They'll provide shuttle for a fee.  Coosa Outdoor Center also has 20 campsites available for overnight trips.    
Coosa Outdoor Center:http://http://www.coosaoutdoorcenter.com/
Coosa River Adventures:http://www.coosariveradventures.com/

See Alabama Whitewater for info.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-12-07 02:14:18

Editors


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Put InN/APutin
1.5River FallsII
1.9Maytag HoleIIPlayspot
2.4Baby GapIIPlayspot Photo
3.5Moccasin GapIIIPlayspot Photo
4.5Pipeline RapidII
4.9Big House RapidII
5.2Corn Creek RapidII
6.0Coosa Outdoor Center TakeoutN/ATakeout
7.0Coosa River Adventure TakeoutN/ATakeout
7.4Wetumpka Gold Star ParkN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Put In (Class N/A)

Put in at the base of Jordan Dam just off Rapids Road.



Maytag Hole (Class II, Mile 1.9)

Best at 8000 cfs



Baby Gap (Class II, Mile 2.4)

Chris Surfing at Baby Gap

Chris Surfing at Baby Gap
Photo by A Dover taken 09/21/14 @ 8000 cfs

Level must be between 6000 and 8000 cfs



Moccasin Gap (Class III, Mile 3.5)

Moccasin Gap

Moccasin Gap
Photo by A Dover taken 09/21/14 @ 8000 cfs

The play spot, largest rapid, and site of the annual Coosa Rodeo.  Standard line is run right of the large rock.  Line on the left can be run as a Class II alternative.



Big House Rapid (Class II, Mile 4.9)

Named for the big house on river right.



Coosa Outdoor Center Takeout (Class N/A, Mile 6.0)

On river left, just above the bridge. 



Wetumpka Gold Star Park (Class N/A, Mile 7.4)

On river left. 




User Comments

Users can submit comments.
July 21 2009 (3316 days ago)
chriscrob (150671)
http://www.coosariveradventures.com/ runs a shuttle for $10. They were kind enough to run an extra
shuttle for me after their last normal one. According to them the river runs @ 2000 CFS weekdays
with recreational releases much larger on the weekends. I ran it on a weekday...its a decent
beginner run, nothing too scary but introduces them to most of the different things they'll face on
other whitewater (wavetrains/holes etc). With a huge flatwater paddle on either side. I probably
won't run it again on weekday flows in a WW kayak though...too much flatwater. It'd be a great run
in an open canoe though.


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Coosa Release Wetumpka,AL runs 05/31/10 - 05/31/15
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