Little Eastatoe - Dirt road off Hwy 11 to Hwy 11 bridge

Little Eastatoe, South Carolina, US


Dirt road off Hwy 11 to Hwy 11 bridge (Sliding Rocks)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 1.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 100 fpm

Eastatoe slide

Eastatoe slide
Photo of Brad Roberts by Will Reeves taken 05/15/03

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02186699 300 - unknown cfs III-IV 6y65d23h22m 44 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Little Eastatoe starts out in a quick pool almost immediately above the first big slide. From here on to the Hwy 11 bridge it plunges over big slides, rushes past undercuts, and finally calms down to resemble the North Fork of the French Broad. The run requires lots of local rain.

Directions:(From somewhere over near Georgia, Salem, or Seneca)
Go North on Hwy 11 until you cross Lake Keowee. About 3 miles past Lake Keowee you will cross over the the Little Eastatoe. That bridge is the takeout. Continue North and East on Hwy 11 about a mile. You will pass a bunch of jeep trails on the south side of Hwy 11. Hop out at the jeep trails and walk down to the big slide to check water levels. To get to the put-in go upstream about another quarter mile to a chained off dirt road. Follow the dirt road down to the river. (Brad Roberts)

There is also the option of putting on at Little Eastatoe rd. This make for a nice warm up, but you do have to paddle about a mile of flatwater and duck under some trees before you get to the good stuff.

StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2006-12-21 07:40:40


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Chelie the middle lineIIIPutin Waterfall Photo
0.2Second Slide (Face Crusher)IIIWaterfall Photo
0.3Truck stop from aboveIII+Hazard Photo
0.3Truck Stop at high water5.0Hazard Waterfall Photo
0.3Truck StopIII+Hazard Photo
0.4Green WaveIVAccess Waterfall Photo
0.4Green WaveIVAccess Hazard Waterfall Photo
0.5Boogie WaterIII+Photo
1.1Hwy 11 BridgeIITakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Chelie (Class III, Mile 0.1)
Chelie is a big slide almost at the put in. The slides is big and most of the water splitting between the left channel and the slide down the right bank. The right side slides into trees. Go left or center. (Ignore the photo caption this is a photo of the first rapid not the second!) There is a good pool between this drop and the next rapid.

Chelie the middle line (Class III, Mile 0.1)

The middle line

The middle line
Photo of Eric Paysen by Will Reeves taken 05/02/03

The line down the middle of the drop can get shallow and sometimes has trees at the base. Scout the base prior to running the rapid.

Second Slide (Face Crusher) (Class III, Mile 0.2)

The REAL second rapid

The REAL second rapid
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller

Almost immediately after the first slide the river plunges over a ledge. The right side is a small vertical drop but most of the water goes left down the slide. The left is the most commonly run side. 

Truck stop from above (Class III+, Mile 0.3)

Lead in to the big drop

Lead in to the big drop
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 05/02/03

Truck Stop is the longest set of ledges and undercuts on the river. It leads almost directly into the big slides. This photo was taken at the last big eddy.

Truck Stop at high water (Class 5.0, Mile 0.3)

Truck Stop at high water

Truck Stop at high water
Photo of ? by Will Reeves taken 02/28/03 @ high water

At high water the rapid is essentailly one big drop that links the 3rd, 4th, and 5th rapids into one quarter miles class V thing.

Truck Stop (Class III+, Mile 0.3)

Below the 4th rapid

Below the 4th rapid
Photo of Will Reeves by Brad Roberts taken 05/15/03

The river begins to plunge over some dangerously undercut ledges and slides. Stay right to avoid the undercuts on river left. The bottom of this drop feeds into the next rapid and the largest single drop on the river.

Green Wave (Class IV, Mile 0.4)

Will on the Big Slide

Will on the Big Slide
Photo of Will Reeves by Brad Roberts taken 05/15/03

This is an alternate view from the top.

Green Wave (Class IV, Mile 0.4)

Eastatoe slide

Eastatoe slide
Photo of Brad Roberts by Will Reeves taken 05/15/03

Green Wave is the single largest and probably the most intimidating rapid on the river. Its also the most fun. The creeks plunges down over a long slide into a big hole. The big problem are the huge undercuts along the river left bank where most of the water appears to go.

Boogie Water (Class III+, Mile 0.5)

One of the rapids below the big slide

One of the rapids below the big slide
Photo of Eric Paysen by Will Reeves taken 05/02/03

After the big slide there are about 8 more boulder drops before the Hwy 11 bridge.

Hwy 11 Bridge (Class II, Mile 1.1)
The final drop is a small boulder field above the Hwy 11 takeout. Don't go beyond Hwy 11 unless you like 3 or more miles of flatwater on Lake Keeowee.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
December 22 2011 (2548 days ago)
x (1)
12/30/2007 This is a great short roadside creek with easy access The hole at the bottom of the
Green Wave slide is sticky with a very strong recirculating eddy on river right,punch hard through
the middle.Then do it again! No wood as of 12/30/2007
June 21 2009 (3463 days ago)
jake bentleyDetails
we ran this a few monthes ago and there is a lot of wood ,one above the big slide at i ducked and
missed it but any water higher than it was would prove to be a baaad day,its in the main currunt
with no way to go around at neck level,below the slide the river is way to choked to run,theres no
way around the lower strainers in the water,the only option is to portage,maybe some heavy rain
will wash it out soon.anyone know if its legal to clear them out with a chainsaw?
August 26 2008 (3762 days ago)
x (1)
Have a good roll but do not have to use it,shallow and fast with some quick moves but, the most fun
you will have on a roadside creek anywhere. Dick Young
May 11 2003 (5695 days ago)
PS. Don't put on this run expecting anything less then class three water - except maybe the pools
between the drops.
May 6 2003 (5700 days ago)
Nice fun piece of class 4/4+ gnarl. One slide, followed by 3 good rapids. Then the big slide, with
the undercuts to be avoided on the left. This is followed by a big pool, then about 8 more rapids
down to the hwy 11 bridge. Very cool, but very short. Best way to check levels is walk into the
trail to the big slide and see how you feel about the drops. I would call the run similar in
difficulty to the NF French Broad, but more fun! The big slide is one of the sweetest rapids I've
run in a long time!!

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