Murder Creek, Georgia, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II(III) (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||15 fpm|
|MURDER CREEK BELOW EATONTON, GA|
|usgs-02221525||200 - 3000 cfs||II(III)||01h13m||1130 cfs (running)|
Murder Creek is an easy Class I-II float at lower levels. The rapids are caused by a series of shear lines that cross the river. The three rapids are relatively easy until the flow starts going over 800cfs then they start becoming pushier. The last ledge should be scouted above 500 cfs due to the hydraulic action at the drop. When the lake is on drawdown for maintenance the ledge becomes a higher drop.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Battle Smith Bridge Putin Shoal||II|
|0.8||Rocky Wave aka Piper's Skedaddle||II|
|1.8||Boulder Garden aka Road Map to Boof City||II+|
There are a couple of small ledges at the put in. You can ferry out to the middle and run the tongue or put in at the eddy right below.
A fun warmup rapid at higher flows. At lower flows the left line is a better choice.
This rapid is comprised of a series of boulders and ledges. The low water line is on the left side. At higher flows multiple routes are available, just check for wood. It is very fun at 500cfs and higher. There is nice surf potential throughout. Really nice surf wave at the "city limits" at the end of the rapid. Nice recovery pool afterwards
Lake Ledge is the last drop and the largest ledge on the creek. You will know you are almost there by the powerlines crossing the river just upstream. The normal line is run the ledge about 25 feet off the right bank. The left wall after the drop is undercut.