New Streamkeeper: Rick Bellows, email@example.com.
From Ranger Rob:
Since most of you want to know about the waterfall mishap, here goes:
Last weekend I noticed that the Chestatee River was running, so that
In order to run the left line over the falls you must head down the river left side of the first island.
It is easy to carry up and run the left and right lines from the pool below the vertical drop.
After reading the American whitewater page i was under the impression that Grindle falls consisted of only a 10 foot waterfall that was split by and rock
The truth is that there is more to Grindle falls than just the split-rock waterfall. There are about 50 more feet to it :) When I came to the top of Grindle falls it was quite a horizon line ("a little big for ten feet" I thought)
I went with most of the flow down the right side of the river which I find out later totally misses the falls pictured on the AW page. I am not sure how to get to the top of those falls (which were at the left river bank). The right side drops through three 10-15 foot drops/slides. I turn around and see the pictured falls (Quite a sight actually, I will get pictures up on AW when I get the film developed). Then I go down a 7 foot slide, then a 15 foot one to end Grindle falls.
After that it is flatwater until the coppermine rapid which is directly before the take-out. The best line is through the center shoot with some left angle. Also there is a really interesting copper mine at the takeout (an actual mine). It is a huge cavern that someone told me has an underground river beneath it.
10 years ago
Online gauge is well downstream, so check visually before putting in.
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below the falls
slide at grindle falls
mike on first rapid
trey on first rapid
(RM) Copper Mine Rapid - far right line
(RM) Copper Mine Rapid and Old Bridge
(RM) Slide below Grindle Falls
(RM) Grindle Falls From Downstream
(RM) Grindle Falls - View From River Left
(RM) Grindle Falls - View From River Right
(RM) Grindle Falls Far Left Line
(RM) Entrance Slide to Grindle Falls
(RM) Grindle Falls land owner issues
OverView of Grindle Falls
Grindle Falls - Right Line
Grindle Falls - Left Line
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