Cartecay, Georgia, US
|Usual Difficulty||II(III) (for normal flows)|
|CARTECAY RIVER NEAR ELLIJAY, GA|
|usgs-02379500||2.00 - 3.50 ft||II(III)||01h05m||2.14 ft (running)|
Most of this section of the Cartecay River runs through a residential area. There are no restrooms after you put in and most of the river banks are on private property. Local outfitters have restrooms and changing rooms. So, please take care of these needs before putting on. The outfitters are located on Lower Cartecay Road. You will paddle past cabins and homes on both sides of the river for most of this section. Most of the homeowners are friendly toward the boating community, but they do not want to see you nude, nor do they want you going to the bathroom in their yard. It is recommended that you keep your groups small and quiet and not stay too long at any one spot. In short, please be respectful to the home owners.
Visit 2. Lower Cartecay Road to Stegall Mill Road Road (Middle Cartecay) for more details.
Here is a tip for running the Lower Cartecay when the level is near minimum: Drive to the the take-out on Mulkey Road and look at the shoals there. If it looks high enough to run, it is. Remember the gauge is down river so it matters whether the level is rising or dropping.
Here is another tip. If you are comfortable with some easy but tight creeking and the Cartecay is running about 4', follow the yellow blazes at Clear Creek up to Timber Falls and run back down to the Cartecay. The hike is not bad and the reward is worth it for sure. Visit: 2.- Blackberry Mountain Road to DNR Takeout (Cartecay River) for info on this run.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|3.0||Clear Creek Falls||III|
You will see some cabins high up on the ridge on river left. Usually you will see a bench on a rock on river left as well. Since the bench marks the entrance to the rapid, we call it the benchmark. Run this one down the center and punch the hole. The hole is grabby and will flip or surf an unweary boater. There is a large recovery pool after this drop.
Hazards: Rocks on river left at the bottom of the drop and rocks with broaching potential in the middle of the channel after the drop. The "Narrows" ends with a large eddy on river left. Eddy out here and boat or bank scout "Clear Creek Falls". Run this drop by lining up just to the left of the curler wave in the drop. Keep a slight right angle and paddle agressively. This rapid ends in a large recovery pool. At most levels the wave at the bottom of the drop is the best place to front surf on the river. However, don't flip. There are very nasty rocks just below the surface immediately downstream of the wave.