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Difficulty II-III(IV)
Length Miles
Flow Range 350 - 8000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 32 minutes ago 52 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 11/11/2002 1:59 pm

River Description

Directly below the bridge/dam, there are a series of small drops that lead to a large
sliding drop of about 25-30' that ends in a big pool. The drop can reportedly be run on
most sides although the launch pad in the center is preferable for nice boofs at higher
water. Beware potential pitoning on rocks below surface on river right and left of launch
pad (although open boaters have said they had no problems on these rocks, there could
be a potential piton leading to injured legs in a kayak).

From the highway coming from Athens, turn on dirt road on left immediately before bridge
and go to sandy beach below drop. Carry up on river left and enjoy. At higher flows
some boaters have run the low head dam on far river left scraping against the river bank,
but screwing this up could lead to a protracted surf (to say the least)- be careful in doing

Minimum level should be considered around 350 cfs, but at this level it will be mighty
scrapy. Better flows are from 500 or so and more. Around 2000-3000 cfs, boofs off the
launch pad get really fun and lofty.

Rapid Descriptions


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Jason Gantt
1 year ago

Ran this section yesterday after the river peaked from Hurricane Irma. Put in above the Hwy 186 Bridge. Sneaked the far left side of the dam down to access the falls. Took out at Price Mill. No strainers or new deadfall in the river. Water level was 465 cfs. Video can be seen here:

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16 years ago

There is an alternative line on far river right that includes a vertical drop.
The drop is an actual class III move but has some rebar near the top.

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William Van De Berg
16 years ago

Posted to Boater Talk by Peter on 12/14/02:

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16 years ago

From Willdvb on boatertalk:
High Shoals is just a big slide with a nice launch pad in the center at proper flows. I have only run it at high flows, around 2000 and above, and at that level it is great, fun stoff above the drop to play in and then the big drop to hit. The main danger is that rocks below the surface on the river left of the launch pad that are easy to piton on if you are running it at too low of a level, leg breakers for sure. If in doubt, make sure you boof the launch pad in the center. Not sure about the slot on far right, never got over there to check it out but it may offer a creeky alternative, just gotta scope it out and make the call. To get there, go out 441 south from Athens and at the big gas station complex (handy Pantry perhaps), take the right and go til you are abotu to cross over the river, take the small dirt road on the left and follow to a sandy beach below the drop. Carry up the river left side of the drop and run it. Fun, fun, fun, but definitely a one hit wonder.

Gage Descriptions

Appalachee near Bostwick



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