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Difficulty IV(V)
Length 10 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range 40 - 150 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 second ago N/A
Reach Info Last Updated 07/10/2014 11:55 pm

River Description


Gradient numbers are for the 4.6 miles of the run above Chicken Coop Gap.

From akimbal on boatertalk:
I am sure it has been run plenty, just not very often and not by big groups. The walk in is about 1.5 miles, easy downhill hike along and old roadbed. It took us about 35-40 minutes, and we didn't hurry. I would consider the level to have been medium low. At this level, the first drop is IMHO a 4, but with more water I can definitely see it in the 5 realm. From the reports of the others that did the Chicken Coop put-in, I would definitely recommend the Hickory Creek put-in. Makes a long day, but the whitewater and the easier, albeit longer, hike in makes it worthwhile.
Andrew


From paddleman (Milt)on boatertalk:
That first drop is called cherynoble And I'd call it a class 5. Of course, the only time I've run that section, there was lots of water. When we passed the elbow at the end of the day, the water was 4" over the top of it.

It is, indeed, a very cool run. Long hike, though.

Rapid Descriptions

Chernobyl

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.1
Long rapid right at the beginning of the run.

Double Drop

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.3
Ride the floom down the right, the bust thru the hole. The rapid goes around the corner and over a series of 4 or 5 ledge holes.

Mixing Bowl

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.5

Kinda looks like ten foot falls on wilson creek. Strong hole on the bottom. Best to be running off the left against the wall. Keep the speed up, bottom hole is sticky. At lower flows its a slot on the left. At high flows its a riverwide hole.

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joe stubbs
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4 years ago

Wood Alert: UU Conasauga: Mixing Bowl: three trees in or across pool 10' below drop. Eddy out right above and scout; possible sneak, right of main drop. Lots of other new trees down; most avoidable. Gage Info: Oct 15,2014: Mill/Crandall@11:00am 2.3' (62 cfs)= 2' at take-out (Simon Bishop) gage. @5:00pm 2.16' (47 cfs)= 1.6'

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Mark Neisler
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6 years ago

The rapid that looks like 10 foot has been named "The Mixing Bowl" by someone who spent some out of boat time at that spot. Anyone who swims here will understand. Round and round they will go and there is absolutely no way to climb out of the river there. My friend and their boat had to be roped to the other side of the river to affect the rescue.

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Simon Bishop
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6 years ago

Took a large group of 9 "not recomended" after Ivans flood. I noticed a few changes. When coming to the first island a very bad strainer mess has piled up on the left side of the island. It can be avoided to the right. A few new boulders have fell into the stream bed and the second island was completly removed. I think the best way to internet gauge anything in the Cohuttas is going to be with the usgs Mill creek near Crandall AW#8361. Haven't got it dialed in yet with corelations but around 2.5ft is showing good signs of water in the Cohuttas. The Holly gauge is to far down stream and so is the Conasauga near Eton. Post anything you can from Mill creek gauge untill we get it dialed in. Also I have a Stick gauge where the old elbow gauge was. Its located river left 20ft upstream from the elbow. 1.8 is a minimum and is .6in on the Old Hwy 2 bridge gauge. If its under water its high. Little Rough creek has been paddled into the UU Conasauga. Also Thomas creek has been ran by carrying up a faint roadbed from the Conasauga.

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Les Nicholas
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7 years ago

Elbow gauge was 2.5' when we set shuttle, it was under water after the run. Mill creek crested just over 3'. Rough creek was runnable to the confluence with the Upper Upper Conasauga. We gave solid V's to a couple of rapids in the first few miles. Plenty of water as it had rained around 4-8 am and the creek crested while we were on it.

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Alex Zendel
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9 years ago

We paddled the upper upper (uu) into the upper on 4/25/2010. This was a first for everyone in the group and I thought it was one of the best class III-IV(V-)wilderness runs in the SE. The uu felt a lot like paddling in the Smokies - smooth rounded bolders and crystal clear water. It also felt like plateau because the low angle slides kept coming and coming. Very fun run. Here are some gauge readings that correlate to our run. It had been a pretty decent spring in the Southeast, but a little on the dry side. I had heard that Chattanooga was 5" behind in rain. We weren't aware of the gauge of river left at the take out when we set shuttle. It was at 2 feet when we took off (this is NOT the gauge at East Cowpen Rd - it's at the take-out at the confluence of a side creek and the Conasauge. This felt like a medium low level in the uu and a solid, somewhat juicy medium level in the upper. The COHUTTA #1 RAWS NEAR CISCO rain gauge had shown that 3" of rain had fallen and in the 24 hour period ending at 4AM. We put on the uu11 hours later at 3PM. This gauge can be found here: http://bit.ly/a8Z9bO. A map of all NOAA rain gauges in GA can be found here: http://amazon.nws.noaa.gov/hads/gmap/GA_gmap.html. The USGS Holly Creek stream gauge was peaking at 1300 cfs when we put on. This gauge can be found here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?02385800. Cheers, Alex Z

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10 years ago

2008-12-12 Ran the lower Conasauga today (temp was 49) level was 11.11. It ROCKED. Very natahala like with lots of large standing waves. The Falls was a blast. Finished the run in 2.5 hours with the additional flow. Highly recommend this run when it's too high to run the upper.

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Mark Neisler
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13 years ago

This is one of my favorite runs. However, it is an adventure to say the least. The hike in to the put-in is over a mile long, add in ten miles for the run itself, and a long shuttle, and this becomes an all day affair with lots of action and some difficult rapids that require some scouting for first timers, so come prepared. Large groups will want to take all of this into consideration and adjust their meeting times and schedules accordingly.

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wreeves
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13 years ago

Did this run at 1.4 on the bridge guage.
An excellent level.

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BradR
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13 years ago

Did a run on Jan 18, 2006. Level was 1.4 or 1.6. I thought it was pretty dang high. The big three on the lower stretch were all a full notch harder at these flows.

Folks with more skills than me could probably run it over 2 feet with no problems.

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Robert Maxwell
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13 years ago

The paddler's gage for this run is on the East Cowpen Road bridge. Its on the upstream river left bridge support. The bridge is 2 miles downstream of the take-out. 6" is probably minimum. My guess is that 1 foot is medium and 1'6" is probably high. I've heard of a group running it as low as 3", but that would be an ELF run (Extrememly Low Flow)

A good way to gage if the Conasauga is running is to check 02385800 HOLLY CREEK NEAR CHATSWORTH, GA. If it is over 450 cfs the upper upper is probably running.

P.S: the old Elbow Tree has finally rotted and fallen into the river. Its now useless as a gage for the river.

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Stephen Hunt
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13 years ago

I think Hank Zachary and a small group may have been the first on this run back in around 1998?

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Robert Maxwell
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14 years ago

The paddler's gage for this run is on the East Cowpen Road bridge. Its on the downstream river left bridge support. The bridge is 2 miles downstream of the take-out. 6" is probably minimum. My guess is that 1 foot is medium and 1'6" is probably high. I've heard of a group running it as low as 3", but that would be an ELF run (Extrememly Low Flow)<br />
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A good way to gage if the Conasauga is running is to check 02385800 HOLLY CREEK NEAR CHATSWORTH, GA. If it is over 450 cfs the upper upper is probably running.

P.S: the old Elbow Tree has finally rotted and fallen into the river. Its now useless as a gage for the river.

Gage Descriptions

The paddler's gage for this run is on the East Cowpen Road bridge. Its on the upstream river left bridge support. The bridge is 2 miles downstream of the take-out. 6" is probably minimum. My guess is that 1 foot is medium and 1'6" is probably high. I've heard of a group running it as low as 3", but that would be an ELF run

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1193428 01/19/06 Simon Bishop n/a
1203553 07/10/14 joe stubbs put-in location